The dangers of second hand smoke are becoming more and more well known. With carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide ammonia, powerful pesticides, and 43 proven carcinogens (cancer causing agents), and over 599 additives present in tobacco, second hand smoke is considered one of the most significant threats to public health--and that means YOUR health! Just being in smoke filled bars and restaurants a few times a week increases your chances of illness.
Studies have shown that second hand smoke actually causes a 60% greater chance of heart disease. Sixty percent. That's a lot! And, did you know that every hour of second-hand smoking is equivalent to smoking 4 cigarettes? That's about a pack a week! Didn't know you smoked? Surprise! If you breathe second hand smoke, you do. And that is just enough to have an effect on your health.
The long term dangers of second hand smoke include heart disease, emphysema, arteriosclerosis, heart attack, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, other cancers, and has unpleasant short term effects as well--allergies, asthma, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, headaches, itching, watery eyes, and more. Second hand smoke has even more 'mystery effects' as well--lack of energy, shortness of breath, mood swings, irritability, and more. Fortunately, all of these are avoidable!
So what can we do? There are two main ways to reduce / eliminate second hand smoke and its dangers: 1) obviously, avoid smoking situations, and 2) invest in the RIGHT type of purifier that is designed to remove smoke. Smoking releases particles, chemicals and gases. To effectively remove smoke, the unit must have a true HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter / layer--the HEPA filter traps the smoke particles, and the carbon traps the odors, chemicals, and gases present in the smoke. The health dangers come from all three--particles, chemicals, gases--so you must remove all three.
Second hand smoke has been proven to have detrimental effects on your health. If you are around smokers, it is vital to your health that you get the right air purifier. Below are a few top-notch purifiers that we highly recommend, that are designed for removing smoke and other irritants. The Aller Air DS, DXS models below are designed for smoking environments; the DXS is good for heavier concentrations, bars, restaurants, heavy smoker homes, offices; the Blueair 650E with its patented SMOKESTOP filter is also a great choice.
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