Dr. Michaela Straznicka, Private Practitioner with Bay Area Surgical talks about links between wood smoke exposure and respiratory illness

December 3, 2015

In this podcast, Dr. Michaela Straznicka, Private Practitioner with Bay Area Surgical with privileges at John Muir and Sutter Health in Walnut Creek, California, shares the similarities between woodsmoke and secondhand tobacco smoke. Dr. Straznicka also discusses how the health impacts of wood burning have changed since the Air District passed the wood burning rule.



Dr. Kari Nadeau, Stanford University School of Medicine, talks about the health effects of wood smoke on children

April 29, 2014

With developing lungs and immune systems, children are highly susceptible to harm from the effects of wood smoke.  

In this podcast, Dr. Kari Nadeau, Division of Pediatrics Immunology, Allergy, and Rheumatology and Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, shares how wood smoke can affect a child's life, impair their abilities to participate in activities and lead to lung disease.


Jane Warner, President & CEO of the American Lung Association in California talks about the health impacts of wood smoke

October 18, 2011

The hazards of second-hand cigarette smoke are well-known, but many fail to realize that wood smoke contains a similar group of unhealthy compounds. The 1.4 million fireplaces and woodstoves across our nine-county region are the largest single source of wintertime soot – the tiny particles that contribute to an alarming array of health concerns, from asthma to heart attacks, and in severe cases death.

In this podcast, Jane Warner, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in California, talks about the health impacts from wood smoke and ways for Bay Area residents to reduce their exposure to wood smoke.




Woodburning: Regulations and health impact for the holiday season (Produced by Breathe California)

August 31, 2011

In this podcast we speak with Kristine Roselius, Supervising Public Information Officer at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. As the winter months approach, we want to examine the current regulations in respect woodburning. Woodburning is something many of us do on a cold winter day, however many are unaware of the health and environmental toll that particulate matter from wood can cause. Kristine clarifies information regarding "Spare the Air" days, enforcement of current regulations and the detrimental health impact that woodsmoke can cause for bay area residents.