Wildfire smoke and lung health

Every year, fire season in BC seems to be getting more extreme, causing some of the worst air quality in BC, and causing health problems for those with and without chronic lung disease.

The following are excellent, evidence-based resources to help you understand and protect your health from wildfire smoke:

Health effects of wildfire smoke

How to prepare for the wildfire smoke season

Portable air cleaners for wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke and air quality

The composition of wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke and outdoor exercise

Wildfire smoke and Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

Home-made box air fan filters

Face masks for wildfire smoke

Click this link to hear from two of BC’s top environmental health experts on how to protect your health during wildfire season. 


Exposure to air pollution can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function, making it more difficult to fight respiratory infections such as COVID-19. When conditions are smoky, more people who are exposed to the novel coronavirus may develop COVID-19 and some cases of COVID-19 may become more severe. Follow the link below to learn more.COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke

COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke

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Page Last Updated: 09/09/2021