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Asthmatic calls for change after burn offs leave Darlington Point blanketed in smoke | The Irrigator

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Farmer burn offs are leaving towns covered in smoke and threatening the lives of those with breathing difficulties, according to one concerned asthmatic. Last week, smoke from local rice growers burning their stubble blew over Darlington Point, blanketing the town in a dark, ashy haze for three days. Deep in the smoke, 75-year-old asthmatic James Tongue woke up from a nap and came to a sudden realisation – he couldn’t breathe. “I had been sleeping near an open window and when I woke up there was smoke absolutely everywhere. I quickly got up and I couldn’t breathe at all.” Mr Tongue had his asthma puffer nearby and was quickly able to recover,…



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