People bitch and moan and say, "this didn't use to be a problem". But there didn't used to be as many people, or as many other ways to pollute (industry, for example). It sucks to be the guy stuck at the end of the law where you have to change how you live, but it's just "poor me" whining. Why should the minority be exempt from harming the majority (and themselves to boot) through ignorance and stubbornness? The fact is that particulate matter put out by such stoves is worse for you than living within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant meltdown (e.g. Fukushima). All of those soldiers that come home from war with "mysterious illnesses"? It has everything to do with the open burn pits they used to dispose of garbage; worse even than second-hand smoke from cigarettes, the particulate matter from open smoke fires is bad for you. There is no safe level of exposure. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/us/07burn.html)
In any cae, buying what you need is all about prioritizing your budget, and a new wood stove is not beyond reasonable expectations. Even poor Americans are hardly hurting for expendable income. So you have to forgo a few nights of take-out from Pizza Hut. The government actually stepping in to prevent people from not only killing themselves, but their neighbors, out of wanton ignorance is a good thing.