Forest Fire Smoke and Respiratory Health

This webinar was presented on June 2, 2015

Forest fire smoke causes some of the worst air quality that most British Columbians will ever experience, and it affects the health of entire populations when episodes occur.

Since the extreme season of 2003 this has been an active area of research in the province. This presentation summarized the published literature to date, provided new information on emerging evidence, and described novel work that is currently underway at the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand historical and future forest fire smoke exposure scenarios in British Columbia 
  • To describe the population health impacts of forest fire smoke 
  • To help those with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions prepare for the fire season


Angela Yao
Environmental Health Scientist 
BC Centre for Disease Control, and 
PhD student UBC School of Population and Public Health

Angela Yao completed her master's degree in environmental health at UBC in 2012, with a thesis evaluating the public health utility of a forest fire smoke exposure forecasting system. Since graduation, she has been working at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control on multiple studies assessing forest fire smoke exposure and its public health effects, as well as the development of a public health surveillance system. She has returned to the School of Population and Public Health at UBC to pursue her PhD since 2014, and continued to study the very acute cardiopulmonary effects from sub-daily exposure to forest fire smoke.

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