20 August 2013 — Another reason to push for public transport – a University of Melbourne study has found asthma sufferers frequently exposed to heavy traffic pollution experienced an 80 per cent increase in symptoms.

The study is the first of its kind to assess the impact of traffic pollution, and wood smoke, from heaters on middle-aged adults with asthma.

The results revealed adults who suffered asthma and were to exposed to wood smoke experienced an 11 per cent increase in symptoms.

John Burgess from the School of Population Health, and a study co-author, said it was recommended that adults who suffered asthma should not live on busy roads and that the use of old wood heaters should be upgraded to newer heaters, to ensure their health does not worsen.

The Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study surveyed 1383 44-year-olds for their exposure to smoke from wood fires and traffic pollution.