ASTHO: When There’s Fire, There’s Smoke – States Prepare for Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke

With wildfire season kicking off this summer with fires in Canada causing air quality issues in many parts of the United States, state health agencies are preparing for and responding to the impact of wildfire smoke on community health. According to CDC, wildfire smoke inhalation can cause any number of symptoms, including coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and asthma attacks. As the United States begins to see more wildfires during increasingly dry and hot summers and falls, it is important for health agencies to be ready to address concerns from the public and collaborate with other state agencies, like environmental or natural resource agencies, to mitigate the health risks of wildfire smoke.

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