Secondhand smoke (SHS) – is smoke that comes from the end of any sort of smoking device. SHS comes from cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vape pens or hookah’s, and it is moretoxic than the smoke that smokers inhale.
Since it is unfiltered, SHS (also referred to as ETS for “Environmental Tobacco Smoke”) has higher levels of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) for non-smokers. It also discharges much smaller carcinogenic particles into the air than cigarettes or other smoking devices.
These microscopic irritants are inhaled by family members and other innocent persons – even your pets. Per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “there is no safe level of exposure for secondhand smoke.”
The American Lung Association advises that everyone should “avoid exposure to indoor pollutants that can damage your lungs” and that “secondhand smoke…in the home…can cause or worsen lung disease.” Infants and young children are extremely vulnerable to the damage caused by SHS – and they are unable to physically get away from some else’s bad habit. Studies have shown that when children are exposed to SHS from parents or others smoking at home, they
In addition to the airborne particulates and chemicals that children and infants inhale, it has been show that exhaled particles in tobacco smoke combine with gases in the air (i.e.: off-gassing from furniture building materials) to form compounds that settle onto surfaces. These dust-like particles are serious carcinogens that cause lung cancer and can even damage human DNA.
The .EPA estimates that between “150,000 and 300,000” children a year develop cases of lower respiratory tract infections a year that are directly “attributable to exposure to SHS”. Between 7,500 and 15,000 of these cases end up with hospitalizations. Again, as stated emphatically by the EPA, “there is no safe level of exposure for secondhand smoke.”
Even if you have a smoke-free home, and take every precaution to keep SHS away from your family, secondhand smoke can seep into your house through air ducts or elevator shafts…any opening in a building. This is a particular problem if you live in a multi-floored building. But SHS can also be a problem if you neighbor smokes on his back porch – downwind from your baby’s room. Or all the wait-staff from the restaurant downstairs take their smoke-break under the protection of your second floor balcony. An Air Purifier can make sure your home is smoke-free and the air is as clean as it can possibly be. Buying the right Air Purifier could be one of the most important purchases you can make for the health of your family. Children especially need clean, purified air. Their growing bodies are particularly sensitive to the toxins and carcinogens in SHS. We should do everything possible to give them best, heathiest start on life
There are many different types of Air Purifies on the market, and the one you chose really depends on the need of your family. If you live in a multi-unit building where people smoke, then a whole-house Air Purifier may be just what you need. There are powerful models on the market that clean all the air in an entire home several times an hour. Most of these larger units have several filters, but all the best one have a True HEPA filter to trap all the harmful allergens and carcinogens that might be in the room.
If, on the other hand, you only need to filter the air in the nursery where you stupid neighbor is contaminating the atmosphere with his stupid vape pen, then a table-top unit may be sufficient. Maybe you can even make the stupid neighbor pay for it.
Some units are small and portable enough to go from room to room, which could be particularly useful if your apartment or condo is surrounded by smoking neighbors. There are even very powerful, hand-held units that can go with you on trips. These hand-held units can go with you to the store, to your friend’s house, or even be used in a car (in case your mother-in-law smokes and thinks that holding the cigarette out the window somehow keeps the smoke from blowing into the back seat and onto your precious toddler).
There are several good websites that will help you make this important decision for your family. The only way to combat the dangers of secondhand smoke is not smoke yourselves and to keep the air in your home as clean and as smoke and toxin free as possible.
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