Which matters more: business interests or public health?

— Reflections on the HPBA’s hiring of a public relations firm that helped the hearth industry to defeat a 2015 wood burning ban Why are so many decision-makers at all levels of government throughout North America so evidently reluctant to do the right thing and implement wood burning bans that are essential for protecting clean air and…

We are entitled to clean air

  Letter by Cathy Baiton, Printed in The Lethbridge Herald – Letters, June 28, 2017 Last evening air pollution kept some residents on/near 13 Street South inside. When someone lights a wood fire in a residential zone (and there are always cleaner, smoke-free, non-wood burning alternatives), that person affects air quality for fellow citizens, often…

Video: Smoke is Smoke

  Programs that involve exchanging old wood burning appliances for new smoke-producing products do not protect clean air; only complete wood burning bans can do that. Wood burning bans are essential for building healthy, vibrant communities. A healthy community is one that protects everyone’s right to breathe healthy, smoke-free air.    

Why is the BC Lung Association not yet advocating strongly for wood burning bans?

Why is the BC Lung Association not yet advocating strongly for wood burning bans? Its connection to the Western Canada chapter of the wood burning industry’s largest lobby group is undoubtedly a major part of the reason why the organization has to date provided neither: strong advocacy for complete residential wood burning bans which are essential…

Dr. Brian Moench: “The wood burning ban issue is very simple.”

  Clean air supporters are grateful to Brian Moench, MD for his strong, unwavering stand for the full protection of everyone’s right to breathe healthy, smoke-free air everywhere and at all times. In 2015, an important wood burning ban was considered in Utah. This proposed ban, which would have helped to protect public health and air…