Gale Holland's article about Newport Beach's ban on beach bonfires is all about provoking emotion with no mention of scientific research about wood smoke.
Does Holland know that wood smoke is many times more carcinogenic than tobacco smoke? Wood smoke is known to trigger asthma attacks and can cause heart attacks and strokes. What about the research out of
UC Berkeley linking wood smoke to pneumonia and poor cognitive development in children? Holland doesn't even mention the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Rule 445, which bans new indoor and outdoor wood-burning fireplaces.