Real people experience real harm and a reduced quality of life due to involuntary exposure to wood smoke pollution.

We believe it’s important to convey the human side of this issue as well as the science.

Read and share wood smoke stories

The following are stories that neighbors of wood burners have shared with us. Do you have a wood smoke story? Use the form below to send it to us.

1 Stories total.

Damaged health and distress in Maine

I have next door neighbors who have a fire pit in which they burn brush and yard debris 4 to 5 days a week for 6–12 hours a day…

The smoke is overwhelming

It’s very acrid and so strong it comes indoors even with all windows shut. I frequently have burning eyes and nose or coughing…

Cancer with wood smoke

So we pay the price for ignorance, poor ordinance, years of fighting for our property rights, the stress, the duress, the financial burdens, and now the physical death of my husband due to this.

Smoke pollution in Austria

The end result is that the air quality of a beautiful mid-size town in Austria full of independent houses is much worse than in many urban areas I have lived before…

Coughing from smoke in Fife

I am so angry at being forced to breathe this in knowing how dangerous it is.

Too many using wood stoves in a UK village

Laughingly the local council state that we are a clean air zone – I think it’s cleaner in London in the winter!

Vermont neighbors don’t care

I have a heart condition and have to run two big air purifiers 24/7 and sometimes the smoke is so bad I can’t go out in my yard.

No break from smoke in the Bay Area

I would think they’d welcome the fresh air when we finally get it rather than immediately adding more smoke to the air.

Asthma in a smoked-out smoke control area

There are three people living in our house with asthma… I bought an air quality meter and the air is often at dangerous levels.

What’s your wood smoke story?

Is nearby wood burning affecting you? We want to hear about it!

Sharing your wood smoke story helps to increase awareness of the problem.

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