Wood-burning stoves ‘can be as deadly as exhaust fumes’ by producing smoke that can cause heart disease.

BRON: dailymail

They’re a timeless, charming and effective way to keep your home warm and inviting in the winter months.

But the smoke from wood-burning stoves or open fires is as dangerous to your health as breathing in emissions from a car exhaust, research has revealed.

Inhaling the invisible particles in the smoke can lead to fatal heart disease and cancer, toxicology experts warn.

Health risk? Inhaling the invisible particles in the smoke can lead to fatal heart disease and cancer, toxicology experts warn

Until recently, little was known about the potentially harmful effects of breathing in smoke produced by open fires and wood-burning stoves or boilers.

But the research by Danish scientist Professor Steffen Loft suggests the tiny airborne specks in the smoke can be a silent killer because they are small enough to be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs.

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