Barbecue Smoke Dangers
Please can you tell me are there any articles written about barbecue smoke dangers?
I am concerned about a BBQ restaurant opening right near me - I have read some scary stories about them becoming nuisances b/c of smoke and odor. I have also found some research that states that barbecue smoke is a lung irritant.
Are there any websites that document the down sides of BBQ for health, air quality and odor nuisances? I am not against the restaurant as long as it doesn't cause excessive odor and smoke.
I've taken some time to research any articles written about barbecue smoke dangers and I have found nothing of consequence.
Then I researched wood smoke and this opens a whole new dimension.
To summarize my findings, wood smoke is the second largest cause of airborne pollution in the USA after the automobile. Approximately 10% of airborne pollution is caused by wood smoke and the single biggest factor blamed is the wood burning stove that many of us have in our house.
Wood smoke contains poisonous gases and airborne particulates so small that they can penetrate windows and doors.
Whether wood or charcoal (derived from wood), barbecue smoke must therefore be considered a lung irritant just like any other smoke but only if inhaled in significant quantities like if you were smoking a cigarette.
By the same logic, wood smoke can be indentified as a cause of asthma & cancer as well as agravating many other lung conditions.
When using my barbecue I take every precaution to ensure that I'm not inhaling any smoke albeit this is on a small scale.
Whether the barbecue restaurant that has opened in your neighborhood is going to cause pollution? Inevitably I would suggest that the answer has to be yes.
Whether the level of barbecue smoke dangers presented by this restaurant is anything to worry about (versus the wood stove that you or your direct neighbor might have) is open to debate.
There will be so many factors to consider including the amount of wood burned, the size and height of the chimney, the strength and speed of the prevailing wind etc.
If you like more detail on the effects of wood smoke then please read this article.
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