Bushfire smoke harms the lungs like cigarette smoke

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Bushfire smoke can damage the lungs in a similar way to smoking-related emphysema, according to a study from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.Published in international science journal PLOS ONE, the study found that breathing in smoke from burning wood and other biological materials – known as biomass fuels – can scar and inflame the lungs, increasing the risk of risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD.COPD is the umbrella term for lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma, and affects one in 13 Australians aged 40 and over. Cigarette smoke is the primary cause of the disease.

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