Health concerns caused by wood-burning
The wood-burning that many Minnesotans use to keep warm in the winter is raising some concerns, according to a WCCO.com article.
The fine particles and gases that can be released from the burning of the wood can cause serious health problems, such as emphysema, the article said.
Jamie O'Link of St. Cloud was diagnosed earlier this year with emphysema, but not from smoking, but from being exposed to large amounts of wood smoke, O'Link said.
Wood smoke is similar to the smoke from tobacco smoke, Chuck Stroebel, a research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Health, said in the article.
Other pollutants from wood smoke can also cause asthma and bronchitis, Stroebel said.