In many residential areas woodstoves and fireplace inserts have become very popular in the past ten years - even as primary heating technology. Especially asthmatic people experience wood smoke as strongly bothering. The smoke from neighbouring chimneys enters houses through windows, systems of ventilation and fine cracks in the outer walls. In the night people can not air the bedrooms without getting the rooms filled with wood smoke. Until now the regulations of wood smoke have been ineffective. - It would be a great step forward, if local authorities and smoke affected people could have effective, handy measuring instruments at their disposal, so that the inconvenience from smoke could be analytically documented. The contribution details arguments on serious wood smoke pollution, health problems and regulations needed. Local measurements should be promoted regarding air pollution from neighbouring wood stoves as well as local districts that can be deemed to be smoke pockets especially harmful for vulnerable groups.
Nosa Aerosol Symposium Helsingør, Denmark, 8-9 November, 2007: Airborne Nano-particles: New Technologies and Impacts; in Connection With Nmr Workshop "organic Particles in Nordic Urban Areas" 7 November 2007, 2007, p. 16-17