This is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Respiratory Physician and Australian Medical Association President Dr Chris Zappala says it is unclear "whether there are going to be longer-term health consequences" from bushfire-inflicted smoke hazes blanketing Australian cities. Exposure to bushfire smoke during this season’s crisis is having a hazardous effect on people’s health leading to patients ending up in hospital. Image: News Corp Australia