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Washington: New Study Finds Increase in Risk of Dying in the Days After Exposure to Wildfire Smoke

People of all ages face a slightly increased risk of dying during and just after exposure to wildfire smoke, and middle-aged adults with underlying respiratory conditions face even greater risk, according to a new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health.

The newly published study is the first to estimate the odds of mortality associated with wildfire smoke exposure in Washington state. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, examined 12 years of state data from 2006 to 2017 and was conducted in partnership with the Washington state departments of Health and Ecology.

“There is very little research on wildfire smoke and the risk of dying, and none at all in the state of Washington,” said Ms. Annie Doubleday, the lead author of the study and a recent graduate of the School’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. Dr. Tania Busch Isaksen is the study’s senior author.

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