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Introduction. Given rising energy prices in recent years, wood burning stoves offer an attractive and affordable means of home heating. Unfortunately, wood smoke emissions have been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular disease and, in some cases, premature death. Recent studies have also discovered known carcinogens in wood smoke emissions.


Jan Carney, MD, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Razelle Hoffman-Contois, Vermont Department of Health

Heidi Hales, PhD, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources


Vermont Department of Health


Cancer, Environmental Health, Global Health, Maternal, Infant, and Child Health, Respiratory Diseases, Social Determinants of Health


Presented at the American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA, November 4, 2013 as "Heat vs. health: Wood smoke in Vermont," by Ethan Leveilee, Michael Cunningham, Avanti Golikeri, Jennifer Makrides, Hank Ng, Janet Trang, Mark Wilkison, Heidi Hales, PhD, Razelle Hoffman-Contois, Thomas V. Delaney, PhD and Jan K. Carney, MD MPH.

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Heat vs. Health: Wood Smoke in Vermont