Question - What are the adverse health effects reported to be associated with exposure to wildfire smoke?
Answer- The cited article reports “Systematic reviews conclude that a positive association exists between exposure to wildfire smoke or wildfire particulate matter (PM 2.5) and all-cause mortality and respiratory morbidity. Respiratory morbidity includes asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis and pneumonia. The epidemiological data linking wildfire smoke exposure to cardiovascular mortality and morbidity is mixed, and inconclusive. More studies are needed to define the risk for common and costly clinical cardiovascular outcomes.” (Cascio WE. Wildfire smoke and human health. 2018 Sci Total Env 624:586-595)