Tasmanians will be better equipped to protect their health, with the launch of a new early warning system against the harmful effects of wood smoke. Under a partnership between public health experts and the Environment Protection Authority, the new wood smoke | air quality | your health website combines real-time air quality monitoring, with health and air quality information.
This allows precautionary health advice to be activated when smoke levels are elevated in a location for just one hour. The health advice is aimed at individuals who are more susceptible to the harmful effects of wood smoke. This includes people with lung conditions (including asthma), heart disease, the elderly and infants. The wood smoke | air quality | your health initiative, developed with the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania and University of Tasmania researchers, will be trialled over the next year.