The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) on Wednesday added its voice to those warning of the health risks of the increased use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves by Greeks anxious to cut down on their heating bills, warning that burning wood in the home released 30 times more air pollution than using a well-maintained heating oil or gas-burning boiler.

According to KEELPNO, atmospheric pollution measurements across Attica show a significant increase in PM-10 air pollution particles.

The center warned that such an increase in air pollution can lead to respiratory problems as well as aggravating allergies and disturbing the neurological and reproductive systems.