Asthma and landscape fire smoke: A Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand position statement

Vanessa M. McDonald, Gregory Archbold, Tesfalidet Beyene, Bronwyn K. Brew, Peter Franklin, Peter G. Gibson, John Harrington, Philip M. Hansbro, Fay H. Johnston, Paul D. Robinson, Michael Sutherland, Deborah Yates, Graeme R. Zosky, Michael J. Abramson

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Landscape fires are increasing in frequency and severity globally. In Australia, extreme bushfires cause a large and increasing health and socioeconomic burden for communities and governments. People with asthma are particularly vulnerable to the effects of landscape fire smoke (LFS) exposure. Here, we present a position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Within this statement we provide a review of the impact of LFS on adults and children with asthma, highlighting the greater impact of LFS on vulnerable groups, particularly older people, pregnant women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We also highlight the development of asthma on the background of risk factors (smoking, occupation and atopy). Within this document we present advice for asthma management, smoke mitigation strategies and access to air quality information, that should be implemented during periods of LFS. We promote clinician awareness, and the implementation of public health messaging and preparation, especially for people with asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-1035
Number of pages13
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


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