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Know the Risks.

Everyone is at risk from the harmful effects of open burning. Some people are more likely to develop health problems from open burning, especially if they have decreased lung capacity or damage to their heart or lungs. Some of the people at higher risk are children, people with asthma and other respiratory diseases, and individuals with heart disease.

Children
Individuals with Asthma/
Respiratory Diseases
Individuals with
Cardiovascular Disease
Children, even those without pre-existing illness or chronic conditions, are susceptible to air pollution because their lungs are still developing, and they are often engaged in vigorous outdoor activities, making them more sensitive to pollution than healthy adults. Studies have shown that in children, particulate pollution is associated with increased episodes of coughing and difficulty breathing, and decreased lung function.
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Levels of pollutants that might not affect healthy people might cause breathing difficulties for people with asthma or other chronic lung diseases, especially children. Individuals with emphysema and chronic bronchitis may also experience a worsening of their conditions because of exposure to dust and smoke. Studies have linked particulate matter pollution to increased risk of these conditions.
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People with heart disease might also experience symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest tightness. Studies have also linked particulate pollution to increased risk of hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and cardiovascular mortality.
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