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How To Eliminate The Smell Of Cigarettes From Your Home

If you’ve recently quit smoking, allow us to offer you some sincere and hearty congratulations! We don’t need to tell you how detrimental cigarette smoking is to your health. We probably also don’t need to tell you how harmful the effects of smoking are on people who don’t even smoke.

Secondhand smoke has been proven to cause just as deadly diseases as smoking itself. Having quit smoking, you’re helping to save the lives of the people you love – not just yourself. However, there is a problem that your former nasty habit has left behind.

What can you do about that nasty cigarette odour lingering in your home?

Believe it or not, thirdhand smoke (nicotine residue that sticks to surfaces) can also create numerous respiratory illnesses in addition to irritating our senses of smell. It’s important that if you or anyone else has smoked cigarettes in your home, you perform some maintenance work in order to fully eradicate the health hazards associated with the bad habit.

On TheSpruce.com, Diane Schmidt insists that you clean everything! We’re talking the walls, ceilings, carpets, floors, doors, drapes, blinds, windows and mirrors. To completely remove both the smell and harmful effects of cigarette smoke from your home, you literally can’t leave any surfaced untouched. It sounds overwhelming. However, you can get quite a jump on effectively removing the smell of cigarettes from your home simply by opening the windows.

“Fresh air is your friend so open all windows,” advises Schmidt, “Get as much fresh air into your home as possible. While this won’t get rid of the smell, it’ll help. Also, set bowls of white vinegar around your home, at least one per room (depending on the room size). Just make sure small children and pets are safe.”

How important is vinegar in the removal of the smell of cigarettes in your home?

Well, let’s put it this way. If fresh air is your friend, then vinegar is your best friend when it comes to eliminating that nasty smoky smell. A natural cleanser, vinegar can be used to clean both the surfaces in your home and all of the fabrics within it. On QuickAndDirtyTips.com, Amanda Thomas offers up a simple, yet comprehensive way to deodorize your household fabrics.

“While it might not necessarily be practical, or possible, to remove all the fabric from your home (a couch can be a beast to move to the patio!), do remove all the fabric items you can from the smelly room,” she instructs, “This includes any pillows, bedding, blankets, and curtains. If you have a large washing machine, you can throw all these through a cold wash cycle with 2 cups of vinegar added to the load.”

How can you be sure that the air in your home has been purified?

It may be necessary to get an air purifier. As Jeff Flowers tells us on AllergyAndAir.com, “these purification systems work by pulling indoor air into their them, cleaning it, and then circulating it back into the room…This is by far the most effective way to cleanse your indoor air of cigarette smoke, as well as many other airborne toxins.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we highly recommend our Air Quality Services in order to help you enjoy the highest indoor air quality possible. Our inspection processes focus on problem areas that may be presenting health hazards to your family and other visitors to the home. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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4 Important Reminders Of How To Keep Air Pollutants Out Of Your Home

With the spring now in full swing, many Canadians are undergoing their annual spring cleaning routines. And while the act of cleaning our homes is clearly something we all should do on a regular basis, there is a special feeling of “out with the old” that comes with the cleaning that is done at this time of year.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we recommend you take extra measures to clean your home in ways that will eliminate air pollutants. Readers of our blog are well aware of the major culprits of poor indoor air quality.

Allow us to offer you a few important reminders of how to keep air pollutants out of your home. Here are four:

1. Dust and vacuum regularly.

There are a variety of allergens that exist in our carpets and on our furniture. For those of you with pets, pet dander is certainly a concern. Regular vacuuming will help to you eliminate the fur, dead skin cells and dander left by your pets. Of course, dust is also a problem you’ll want to regularly eliminate. What may appear harmless is actually an indication of the presence of dust mites – microscopic insects that thrive in warm, humid environments and are known for triggering asthma attacks.

How do you minimize dust mites? “First, try to keep the humidity inside your home to less than 50 percent,” advises Reynard Loki on Alternet.org, “Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help. Protect your bed by covering it with allergen-resistant covers. Make sure you wash your sheets and blankets regularly in hot water…And don’t give mites a place to hide and breed: keep your home as dust-, dander- and clutter-free as possible. Regular vacuuming is a must.”

2. Do away with scented cleaning products.

Air fresheners, laundry detergent, hand soap, perfumes – they all smell really nice, don’t they? The sad fact is that those smells are actually harmful to our health. Synthetic fragrances represent the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are known for causing skin irritation and respiratory problems. If you’re looking to keep your home smelling sweet without imposing health risks on its inhabitants, try a few natural methods.

On Withings.com, Angela Chieh lists a number of great ideas. “Arrange slices of lemon on a plate to delicately perfume the air in a room,” she suggests, “Use baking soda in a small bowl to eliminate odours (it works particularly well in fridges). Choose fragrance-free products, or products with scents of natural origin for your laundry and cleaning needs. Stop using aerosol spray products that create a mist of liquid particles (hair sprays, air fresheners…).”

3. Tell smokers to practice their nasty habits outdoors.

When you have visitors to your home who are prone to lighting up, insist that they do so outside. In fact, you’d be doing yourself a big favour if you asked them not to smoke at all during their visits. Both secondhand smoke (exhaled from smokers) and thirdhand smoke (embedded in the clothes and hair of smokers) can be deadly. If one of the inhabitants of your home is a smoker, enforce the same strict rule.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds of toxins, about 70 of which can cause cancer,” Loki reminds us, “Secondhand smoke is very harmful to children, who can experience ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia and a greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome.”

4. Get a thorough inspection of your home.

Want to guarantee that the indoor air quality of your home is excellent? Contact DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. to learn more about our Air Quality Services! We offer solutions to the health hazards that may be present in your living environment. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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What Is ETS And How Does It Impact Indoor Air Quality?

It’s no secret that cigarette smoking is one of the absolute most harmful activities that a person can engage in. In fact, it’s surprising that cigarette smoking still exists given how dangerous it is. In Canada, cigarette packages are well known for their graphic depictions of the diseases that can be caused by smoking the product. And, as many know, cigarettes are so destructive, they even impact the health of people who don’t smoke!

Secondhand smoke is a major health concern. While it’s common knowledge that cigarettes can cause cancer and other deadly respiratory diseases like emphysema in their users, the smoke emitted from the mouths of smokers can cause the same diseases in others. It can be argued – pretty easily, actually – that secondhand smoke is the arch enemy of our air. And it’s fair to say that there is nothing worse for our indoor air quality.

What is ETS? The Lung Association explains that Environmental Tobacco Smoke (or ETS, for short) is the term used to define the smoke that is exhaled by smokers and the smoke that is emitted from the burning ends of cigarettes, cigars and pipes. They note that ETS is one of the most widespread and harmful indoor air pollutants there is, pointing out a long list of harmful toxins that are contained within it.

According to The Lung Association, “ETS contains more than 4700 chemical compounds including: arsenic (rat and ant poison), benzene (rubber cement), lead (car battery material), phenol (used in production disinfectants and plastic), and hydrogen cyanide (poison used in gas chambers). It often produces levels of carbon monoxide and other toxins well above accepted standards for human exposure.”

ETS is so harmful, it even causes something that has been referred to as “thirdhand smoke”. The chemicals from secondhand smoke can get trapped in the fabric of our clothing or the drapes, linens and furniture in our homes. Have you ever entered a room and smelled cigarette smoke even after the smoke had already disappeared? That remaining stench is the thirdhand smoke that can still impact your health.

How can ETS be avoided? Unfortunately, no one is immune to ETS. It’s important for non-smokers to learn that they shouldn’t even be around those who smoke because they can still be exposed to the deadly toxins contained in cigarettes. However, sufferers of asthma are especially cautioned to keep away from cigarette smoke in any form. ETS is known to worsen asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

Pregnant women are also advised to avoid ETS at all costs. When exposed to it, they run the risk of having miscarriages, giving birth prematurely or enduring stillbirths. Babies born to mothers who were exposed to ETS generally have lower birth weights and shorter lengths, says The Lung Association.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we recommend that you insist upon a smoke-free home. Even those who smoke outside of your home should not be permitted inside after smoking as they will be bringing harmful chemicals indoors. It’s important, of course, to maintain a living environment that is free of harmful chemicals. So, we offer Air Quality Services to help you enjoy the best indoor air quality possible!

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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3 Unconventional Approaches To Quitting Smoking

Young caucasian woman quiting smoking isolatedWith the weather slowly, but surely warming up, most Canadians are relishing the idea of being able to spend more time outdoors. And while the impending summer months provide ample reasons to get out of the house, it remains a fact that most of us spend the majority of our time indoors. The time is takes to sleep, for example, puts us in our homes a minimum of a third of each day. As a result, our indoor air quality will always remain a concern.

Yes, warmer temperatures give us more opportunities to open the windows and allow the stale, stagnant air from inside to circulate with the fresher air from outside. But there is one particular habit that will keep your indoor air quality at dangerous lows if it is not put to an end. You likely won’t be surprised to know that we’re referring to cigarette smoking. Arguably, there isn’t a more obvious detriment to the air we breathe than cigarette smoke.

As you’re likely aware, cigarette smoke affects everyone who comes into contact with it. Of course, that doesn’t just mean smokers. Our blog has covered the impacts of secondhand smoke and even thirdhand smoke in the past. So, needless to say, if you’re looking to improve the indoor air quality of your home and the health statuses of everyone within in, you’ll find a way to quit smoking immediately.

Every smoker is aware, however, that that’s easier said than done. Attempting to quit cold turkey doesn’t work for everyone. While some people who have experienced major health scares are able to kick the habit immediately, there are others who need even more incentive to finally do away with their addictions to nicotine. Perhaps, in their cases, some unconventional approaches to quitting smoking are necessary.

Here are three:

1. Create a non-smoker’s savings jar. For some people, saving money is an excellent incentive for accomplishing any goal. If protecting your health isn’t motivation enough, consider putting the money you would otherwise spend on cigarettes into a jar to physically show you just how much money you can save by quitting. For an added push, put a picture of a vacation spot you’d like to visit on the jar to remind you of an alternative use for the money.

2. Trick yourself by limiting your access. People who are approaching new paths towards better health and nutrition will inhibit their previous bad eating habits by simply not storing bad foods in their homes. The principle is that it’s hard to cheat on your diet when junk food isn’t readily available. It’s the same idea here. Force yourself to leave the house without your pack of cigarettes. Carry just a couple of them on you so that you can’t satisfy every craving you have throughout the day.

3. Create a list of alternative activities. Smokers often justify their bad habits simply by referring to them as “something to do”. If that sounds like you, it’s time to come up with other things to do. Reader’s Digest offers the following suggestions for people trying to quit smoking. “Take a walk, drink a glass of water, kiss your partner or child, throw the ball for the dog, play a game, wash the car (and) clean out a cupboard or closet” are just a few of their recommendations.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we fully support your quest to quit cigarette smoking. To reiterate, it will greatly improve the health of both you and the people around you. With the improvement of indoor air quality being our specialty, we urge you to learn more about our Air Quality Services – especially if you have done any smoking in your home. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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  1. Theresa Croft-Reply
    April 7, 2016 at 1:16 am

    how much does it cost to have an assessment of a home?

    • Dennis French-Reply
      April 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Theresa, I have emailed you directly to discuss the assessment. I hope to hear from you to sort out your concerns.

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7 Bad Habits That Worsen Indoor Air Quality

Stop bad habits. Word cloud illustration in shape of hand print showing protest.Let’s be honest. It’s our fault. Each and every day, we humans engage in activities that serve to worsen our indoor air quality. Our often-not-even-thought-about bad habits can have serious health implications considering how much time we spend in our homes. We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. And when we keep up with our naturally bad habits, it only serves to cause health problems – especially for those with asthma and allergies.

So what bad habits worsen indoor air quality? Here are seven:

1. Not opening the windows. We know – it’s the winter time in Canada. But guess what? Opening the windows for a few minutes a day won’t freeze you to death. By contrast, it can be good for your health. Exchanging the fresher outside air with stale indoor air out is “one of the simplest (and most affordable) things you can do to improve your home air quality,” according to NaturallySavvy.com.

2. Not cleaning heating and air conditioning filters. We often take the appliances that cool and heat our homes for granted. We can’t forget that they need to be regularly maintained. “Heating and air-conditioning filters and vents that are not regularly cleaned can trap pollen, dust and other allergens,” explains Mary West on Wakeup-World.com, “They are easily accessible in many systems, but if yours are in a difficult-to-reach area, have a professional cleaning service take care of them periodically.”

3. Opting for carpet over hardwood floors. Most of us probably grew up in homes that were predominantly carpeted. And such homes provided a warmth and comfort that we grew up to love. It’s hard to argue that carpets offer a cozy softness to walk on, making the home seem friendlier. However, carpets trap dust and other indoor pollutants creating a nightmare for allergy and asthma sufferers. Simply put, remove carpeting from your home for better breathing.

4. Using traditional household cleaning products. Most of us are still caught up with the idea that if our homes smell clean, then they must be clean. So we use scented aerosol sprays and other fragrance-riddled disinfectants that only serve to add harmful chemicals to our living environments. “Traditional household cleaning products are one of the leading contributors to poor home air quality,” says NaturallySavvy.com, “In fact, the average home contains 62 harmful chemicals.”

5. Not owning houseplants. It’s important for us to bring certain elements of the outdoors inside with us. Plants are especially useful as many of them serve as perfectly natural air filters. Plants such as the peace lily, the bamboo palm, aloe vera and the English Ivy (or Hedera helix) are known for removing such harmful chemicals as formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air we breathe.

6. Not making use of essential oils. “Essential oils will impart a wonderful scent into your home, and many have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that can enhance indoor air quality,” writes West, “Use diffusers but place them on a high shelf out of the reach of children. Good ones to try include citrus, eucalyptus, thyme or peppermint. A nice one for the bedroom is lavender, which has an intoxicatingly fresh scent that promotes relaxation.”

7. Smoking indoors. Does this bad habit really need an explanation? There is literally nothing worse that you can do for your home’s indoor air quality than to light up a cigarette within its walls. Secondhand smoke as well as thirdhand smoke (as discussed in last week’s blog) can create disastrous health hazards that have been well documented. If you can’t quit smoking, at least endeavour to quit smoking in your home.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we strive to improve your indoor air quality by seeking out all contaminants and pollutants through our Air Quality Services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Eliminating The Risks of Thirdhand Smoke

Cigarette butt with ash, isolatedBy today’s standards, exclaiming that smoking cigarettes is harmful to your health is met with a “tell me something I don’t know” response. It’s actually hard to imagine that, not too long ago, researchers were tirelessly working to prove that such was the case. Today, we’re very well aware that both cigarette smoke and the secondhand smoke breathed in by surrounding non-smokers can cause cancer, among many other health issues.

But what is thirdhand smoke? A relatively new concept, thirdhand smoke refers to the smoke that lingers long after the actual cigarette smoking has been completed. You know that smell that persists within our clothes, hair, furniture and pretty much anything else that the smoke comes into contact with? That thirdhand smoke can be responsible for such health issues as asthma attacks and allergic reactions.

As reported by Susan Brink of National Geographic, “researchers now know that residual tobacco smoke, dubbed thirdhand smoke, combines with indoor pollutants such as ozone and nitrous acid to create new compounds. Thirdhand smoke mixes and settles with dust, drifts down to carpeting and furniture surfaces, and makes its way deep into the porous material in paneling and drywall.”

How can thirdhand smoke affects us? Brink writes when the after effects of smoke linger in the hair, skin, clothing and fingernails of a smoker, it can come into contact with those surrounding that person. “The new compounds are difficult to clean up, have a long life of their own, and many may be carcinogenic,” she informs us, “One of those compounds, a tobacco-specific nitrosamine known as NNA, damages DNA and could potentially cause cancer.”

Is thirdhand smoke really that dangerous? According to a CTV News report, studies have found that thirdhand smoke can be just has harmful as secondhand smoke. Thirdhand smoke accumulates on surfaces throughout the home and attaches itself to dust, which can progressively become more toxic over time. Not only does thirdhand smoke produce long-lasting foul odours, but it significantly worsens indoor air quality.

CTV News points to a University of California study that observed the effects of thirdhand smoke on mice. “For six months, the mice lived in ventilated cages containing materials that had been exposed to second-hand smoke,” they explain, “Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology who led the study, says at the end of the six months, her team found significant damage in the mice’s livers and lungs, such as higher fat levels in their livers.”

How can we get rid of thirdhand smoke? A thorough cleanup of your home will certainly help. Brink quotes Bo Hang, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California as saying that such remedies as repainting rooms, replacing carpets and cleaning up ventilation systems may be in order to remove the harmful effects of thirdhand smoke from a home. And naturally, no indoor smoking should be made a strict rule.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we are well aware of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. In fact, there is nothing worse that a person can do for his/her indoor air quality than to smoke inside the home. Our Air Quality Services work to detect all sources of indoor contaminants in an effort to improve your indoor air quality. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Debunking More Myths About Secondhand Smoke

Second hand smoke health care concept for cigarette smoking risks with human lungs in the shape of a head with one smoker and another innocent victim lung breathing the toxic fumes turning the organ black.All week long, our blog has been focusing predominantly on the topic of cigarette smoking and its incredibly harmful effects. By today’s standards, it should go without saying that smoking is bad for you. In fact, that’s an incredible understatement! One look at a package of cigarettes will tell you what you should know already. Smoking causes cancer. Cigarettes are killers. It’s as simple as that. All smokers are putting their lives at risk.

The problem is that the lives of non-smokers are also put at risk, thanks to secondhand smoke. As we pointed out in our last blog post, there are many myths about secondhand smoke that need to be exposed. This is because smoke has the ability to impact the health of people who aren’t even in the vicinity of the cigarette being smoked at the time it is being smoked! It’s no wonder smoking is banned from so many different public places.

According to Health Canada, “in Canada, 15% of homes have at least one regular smoker, and 25% of Canadians are exposed to secondhand smoke in a car or vehicle. Even in homes where regular smoking does not take place, 14% still allow smoking inside.” Clearly, cigarette smoking is still a problem for Canadian families. So evidently, there are many more myths about secondhand smoke that needs to be debunked. Let’s get to it!

Secondhand smoke problems are myths themselves. Yes, there are people who believe that as long as you’re not doing the smoking yourself, you’re fine. Ridiculous, right? On WebMD.com, David Freeman firmly states that “tobacco smoke also harms the people around you. In the U.S., secondhand smoke causes about 50,000 deaths a year…It’s been estimated that a waiter or waitress who works a single eight-hour shift in a smoky bar inhales as much toxic smoke as a pack-a-day smoker.”

Secondhand smoke affects everyone the same way. This certainly isn’t true. Children are more vulnerable to secondhand smoke than adults. “Because they breathe faster, children inhale more air than adults relative to their body weight,” explains Uniprix.com, “This means they absorb more of the chemicals found in second-hand smoke, placing them at a greater risk for respiratory problems, learning difficulties, ear infections and colds.”

Unborn babies are protected from secondhand smoke. You’re likely aware that babies in the womb receive their nutrients from the mothers who carry them. As a result, most expectant mothers are very careful about what they choose to eat and drink. Obviously, the air that pregnant women breathe is also taken to their babies. Uniprix.com reveals that the chemical inhaled by pregnant women can affect the development of the baby’s organs.

“Light” cigarettes lower the risk of harm. Quoting Dr. Michael C. Fiore, who is a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin, Freeman writes that “cigarettes labeled ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ are no safer than ordinary cigarettes.” Simply put by the doctor, “you don’t need to add anything to tobacco for it to kill you.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we strongly believe that you don’t need to add anything to the air you breathe. Using scented air fresheners, for example, only contributes to the contaminants that are in the air. They mask terrible smells, but do not eliminate pollution. Cigarette smoke, of course, should also be kept away from the air you breathe. Contact us to learn more about how our Air Quality Services can help with your indoor air quality.

Call 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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  1. DariuszPhD-Reply
    December 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Hello Im PhD Neurologist/toxicologist and sorry for that but you wrote purest stupidity and show lack of elementary knowledge, the problem with SHS is that science dont support that(I know regulation due to funding taxes state that SHS is dangerous but this dont mean they are supported by science)
    ” David Freeman firmly states that “tobacco smoke also harms the people around you. In the U.S., secondhand smoke causes about 50,000 deaths a year…It’s been estimated that a waiter or waitress who works a single eight-hour shift in a smoky bar inhales as much toxic smoke as a pack-a-day smoker.”” love this, the biggest stupidity, first of all where are the stidoes whch support that? second do you hear about rule that dose make posion?
    “It’s been estimated that a waiter or waitress who works a single eight-hour shift in a smoky bar inhales as much toxic smoke as a pack-a-day smoker” maybe check studies which look at that?
    waitrass must will be work more than year to be exposed to lvl comparable as for smoking one pack.

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Exposing Myths About Secondhand Smoke

Smoking endangers the health of the childIn our last blog, we celebrated the fact that more than 25 years ago, Canada became the first country in the world to completely ban cigarette smoking on commercial national flights. Today, the “no smoking” sign is more popular than ever. With restaurants, office buildings and pretty much every other place you can go to banning cigarette smoking, we are currently living in the healthiest environments possible.

At least, most of us are. There are still people, of course, who choose to continue to smoke cigarettes. And while many of them choose to smoke outdoors – so as to not present the ill effects of secondhand smoke to their family members, friends and co-workers – cigarette smoke is still able to wreak its havoc. This is because it has an uncanny ability to both linger and seep into areas where it didn’t originally exist.

It’s important to not be tricked by the myths surrounding secondhand smoke. Many of them are used by smokers in order to justify their deadly habits. According to Health Canada, “in 2006, over 350,000 (9%) of Canadian children under 12 years old and over 600,000 children between 12 and 19 years old were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes from cigarettes, cigars or pipes.” They note that this number is dropping, but nearly one million children are still affected each year.

So let’s expose some of the myths about secondhand smoke, shall we?

Smoking in another room is not harmful to non-smokers. As mentioned, smoke has the ability to drift from one location to another. So no one within a home is truly safe if smoking is being done inside of it. As Uniprix.com points out, “even if smoking takes place behind a closed door, second-hand smoke can drift to the rest of the house through cracks under doors, openings for plumbing and electrical cables and heating and air-conditioning ducts.”

Opening windows and turning on fans helps to eliminate smoke. In actuality, you’re not actually clearing the air of as much smoke as you may think. Health Canada reveals that “extensive studies have shown that there is no level of ventilation that will eliminate the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. In addition, opening a car or room window can result in air flow back into the room or car which may cause the smoke to be blown directly back at non-smokers.”

Air purifiers and air filters can remove smoke from the air. Not so. In fact, such devices only have the ability to mask the fact that smoke is present. “Composed of both gases and extra-fine particles, second-hand smoke cannot be completely filtered from the air by most air filters,” says Uniprix.com, “Air filters are designed to reduce the number of smoke particles from the air, but they do not eliminate the gases. As a result, many cancer-causing agents remain in the air for non-smokers to breathe in.”

Smoking when my family members aren’t around won’t affect them. As mentioned, smoke has the ability to linger. So just because you’re the only one home, at the time you decide to light up, it doesn’t mean that your family won’t be affected when they return. “Researchers found that secondhand smoke can remain in contaminated dust and surfaces, even if smoking took place days, weeks or months earlier,” reports Health Canada.

That last point is especially meaningful to the team, here at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. The fact that air contaminants have the ability to remain within homes for long durations of time is one of the top reasons our Air Quality Services are so necessary. Maintaining the best possible indoor air quality in your home requires that it be tested. For more information on how we can help, call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Celebrating 25 Years Of Non-Smoking Flights

Depositphotos_14568615_s-2015Some of you may be too young to remember that there was once a time when cigarette smoking was permitted on airplanes. By today’s standards, smoking on a plane is an unheard of and crazy-to-even-think-about practice. Not only does cigarette smoke present the foulest of odours, but it carries countless toxins that pollute the air. As if horrible indoor air quality wasn’t bad enough, cigarette smoking also presents quite the fire hazard!

In 2015, we don’t even have to think about worrying about poor indoor air quality on planes due to cigarette smoke. In fact, in the past year, Canada and the United States marked the 25th anniversaries of the official bans on cigarette smoking on domestic airline flights. As No-Smoke.org informs, February 25, 1990 marked the official beginning of the cigarette smoking ban on airlines in the U.S. The site notes that the historic decision was made to benefit the health of all flight attendants and passengers.

It goes on to reveal just how much effort was put into finally making the ban a reality. According to No-Smoke.org, “2015 marks the 25 year anniversary of this important public health achievement – made possible by a broad coalition of health groups, incredible legislative champions – Senator Lautenberg and Senator Durbin (then Rep. Durbin), and tenacious flight attendants who were willing to speak up publicly for their right to breathe.”

In Canada, however, we can proudly say that we came to the no-smoking-on-planes decision a couple of months earlier. On December 18, 1989, Peter Mansbridge of CBC News revealed that, as of that date, it was illegal to smoke on commercial flights between Canadian cities. The ban was part of the Non-Smokers’ Health Act, he reported. “It has to be done in light of the fact we want to protect people working on the flights and also all those people who are really disturbed by smoking,” said Minister of Transport, Benoît Bouchard in an interview.

“This is fantastic news for preventive medicine,” added Ken Kyle of the Canadian Cancer Society, “Canada will now be the first country in the world to totally ban smoking on all domestic and international flights.” Incredibly, many Canadian airlines were upset at the news, citing upwards of $40 million in losses due to the smoking ban. Times have changed, however. Today, we should all celebrate the fact that, when flying, we will not be forced to succumb to the worst possible indoor air quality.

And why should we all celebrate? Stacy Simon of the American Cancer Society adds that years prior to these decisions, the US Surgeon General officially named secondhand smoke a serious health risk. In 1986, “the National Academy of Sciences called for a smoking ban on all domestic flights, citing research that showed flight attendants were exposed to smoke levels similar to those of a person living with a pack-a-day smoker,” she reveals.

Not that this information isn’t widely known in the year 2015, but back in the 1980’s, it appeared that the dangers of cigarette smoking weren’t all that obvious to everyone. Not that it needs to be reiterated today – or perhaps, it does – but cigarette smoking is arguably the worst thing a person can do for his or her health. But even worse, secondhand smoke can present lethal effects to those around the smoker!

It should go without saying that you should adopt a smoking ban in your own home. 25 years ago, airlines finally recognized the dangers that cigarette smoke brings to passengers and flight attendants. In 2015, there is no excuse to allow for it to enter your home and disrupt the breathing of anyone who enters it. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we greatly promote top-of-the-line indoor air quality and applaud any efforts to make it so.

Contact us to learn more about our Air Quality Services. Call 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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3 Steps That Will Get You Closer To Quitting Smoking

Human hands breaking up cigaretteIt’s the year 2015. If you don’t know by now that smoking cigarettes is one of the worst possible things that you can do for your health, then you’ve certainly been living under a rock. Or, perhaps to be a bit more fair, if you haven’t yet given up cigarette smoking, it’s likely that your addiction is pretty serious. All jokes aside, you are literally killing yourself. But even worse, you are contributing to killing those around you.

It should be common knowledge that secondhand smoke is a killer. The various toxins that exist in cigarette smoke make for the worst possible breathing conditions. Why do you think that nearly all public places prohibit smoking? It seems like, these days, the only place that a smoker can light up is inside his or her own home. And that presents a huge problem too. Your home is a death trap for its other inhabitants if cigarette smoking occurs within it.

Here are three steps that will get you closer to quitting smoking:

1. Busy yourself within the first few days. People who have quit smoking have admitted that the first few days without cigarettes are the hardest. As a result, it will be important to distract yourself from the cravings. Plan some fun activities with the family or fill your schedule with things that have been on your to-do list for some time. Anything to keep you from your cigarettes is a good idea. And, of course, don’t have a pack on you!

On WebMD.com, Jennifer Nelson writes about the importance of getting through the first few days of your mission to quit cigarette smoking. “Know that the first few days are the toughest,” she writes, “Especially if you’re quitting ‘cold turkey,’ the first few days are the hardest. You’ll probably feel irritable, depressed, slow, and tired. Once you get past those first days, you’ll begin to feel normal (but still have cigarette cravings).”

2. Give your mouth something else to do. It’s true that many people complain of gaining weight once they try to quit smoking. After all, if they’re not using their mouths to inhale smoke, they may as well use it to eat, right? Well, not necessarily. There are many other things you can do to busy your mouth in an effort to keep away from puffing on a cigarette. And even if you do plan on eating, it may be a great opportunity to eat healthfully.

The Mayo Clinic Staff suggests that you “chew on it”. “Give your mouth something to do to fight a tobacco craving,” they advise, “Chew on sugarless gum or hard candy, or munch on raw carrots, celery, nuts or sunflower seeds – something crunchy and satisfying.” As well, there are a number of tobacco craving-reducing products out there in the form of chewing gum. Give one a try and see if it doesn’t help you.

3. Quit as part of a team. When people go to the gym by themselves, they aren’t generally as motivated to work out as they would be with a fitness trainer. The same can be said about your motivation to quit smoking. Chances are that there is someone you know who is also looking to kick the habit. “Try a new hobby with friends who don’t smoke,” suggests Nelson, “This makes success more likely.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we are well aware of the damage that cigarette smoke can do to the quality of the air in your home. For the safety and health of both yourself and your family, it is imperative that you have a home that is as pollutant-free as possible. We offer Air Quality Services in an effort to help you to achieve that goal. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

One Comment

  1. July 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This article will show the smokers the steps they need to take to get them closer to quit smoking. We all know it is bad for their health and by letting them know that there are ways on how to quit it will be very helpful.

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