SMOKE & MIRRORS: Sydneysiders have woken up to a thick blanket of smoke today, as air quality drops amid hazard reduction burns in the city’s north and south.

“All this smoke is so bad for my lungs,” says local man Quincy Ryan. “I’m an asthmatic as well, so my GP has told me to stay indoors as much as possible.”

The 32 year old says his rampant vape habit is not a factor.

“No, the hazard reduction smoke is way more harsh than my vape,” he says while exhaling a plume of blueberry flavoured vapour.

“If anything my vaping trains my lungs for these exact situations.”

The RFS smoke will clear later this morning, but further burning is scheduled for today and smoke is expected to remain over parts of Sydney & the Central Coast until midweek.

“I hope they stop soon, I can barely breathe,” says Mr Ryan. “It’s so unhealthy.”