Impact of poor air quality from wildfire smoke

In an interview with Radio-Canada, Dr. Jean Bourbeau speaks to the impact of poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke currently blanketing parts of British Columbia. The impact of poor air quality could last much longer than the actual smoke. The fine particulate matter from these forest fires has a significant impact on the health of everyone exposed. While it is important to understand the short term impact of this smoke, it is equally important to examine the long term impact on health. We do not know the impact of smoke exposure on the development of diseases, nor do we really know its impact on the progression of an underlying disease.

On ne connaît pas quels sont les risques de la fumée sur le développement de maladies ou même sur la progression plus rapide d’une maladie existante, explique le spécialiste.

– Jean Bourbeau

Read more:

Radio-Canada: L’impact de la mauvaise qualité de l’air pourrait durer plus longtemps que la fumée. by Hélène Bardeau.

Dr. Jean Bourbeau is a Scientist at the RI-MUHC RESP Program, member of the RECRU, and an Associate Member of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories.