Dr. Moench on Utah Public Radio: Wildfire smoke contributes to poor air quality in Utah
UPHE board president and founder, Dr. Brian Moench, went on Utah Public Radio to discuss the dangers of wildfire smoke to human health. Wildfire smoke is a big contributor to Utah’s hazardous air quality. Wildfire smoke falls into the PM2.5 category of pollution, which means we breathe it into our lung tissue.
Dr. Moench points out that “wildfire smoke particles are often even smaller. This makes wildfire smoke one of the most toxic types of particulate pollution the average person is exposed to.
“It can penetrate cellular membranes and get right inside individual cells, including the nucleus of the cell. So, there, it can interfere with virtually every cellular function that exists,” Moench said on UPR.
“Poor air quality impacts human health in many ways, not just in the form of respiratory issues. Air pollution is associated with cardiovascular disease, inflammatory conditions, stillbirths and other poor pregnancy outcomes, brain dysfunction, and neurologic disease.”