On our blog, we very often discuss the importance of indoor air quality. While we may not realize it, we do spend most of our time indoors. Naturally, we sleep indoors and spend the majority of our family time within the confines of our homes. Needless to say, it’s important that the air that we breathe in our homes is as pollutant-free as possible. Readers of our blog, however, will know that that isn’t so easy to pull off.
From dust mites to mould growth, there are ample culprits in the deterioration of our indoor air quality. In many cases, there are simple fixes. Keeping a clean and tidy home, for example, is one way to keep dust mites and mould growth at bay. There is, however, a major villain that continues to attack our air. It’s a villain that is completely self-imposed. And yet, we haven’t been able to put a complete stop to it yet!
Cigarette smoking is arguably the worst thing we can do for the quality of the air we breathe. And with as many “no smoking” signs up in our buildings, there are still individuals who are yet to break the habit. Surely, it’s a tough addiction to stop. But, it needs to be stated that the impact that cigarette smoke has on the air can negatively affect many more people than just the smoker doing the inhaling and exhaling.
This point is made clear by the Global Healing Center. “Whether you’re doing the smoking yourself or just enduring exposure to side-stream smoke or second hand smoke, tobacco smoke contributes to lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease and other illnesses,” informs their website, “The chemical cocktail of lethal compounds in tobacco smoke cause the oxygen levels in your blood stream to drastically lower, prohibiting normal function of your body.”
Clearly, you don’t even have to be a smoker in order for cigarette smoke to negatively impact your health. And even worse, you don’t even have to inhale secondhand smoke in order for its effects to take place. “Tobacco smoke smells bad and is clingy,” states the Global Healing Centre, “Gone with the wind? Not quite. When you smoke, it infiltrates your air, clothing, hair and skin with contaminated chemicals and it seems to hang around forever.”
But what are those chemicals and just how bad are they for our health? According to the American Lung Association, second hand smoke contains upwards of 200 poisons! Among them are formaldehyde and carbon monoxide “and at least 60 chemicals known to cause cancer.” They report that the United States experiences about 3,000 lung cancer deaths per year. And those are non-smokers!
“In children, especially infants, it is responsible for pneumonia, lower respiratory tract infections and ear infections,” says the American Lung Association, “It causes asthma to develop, causes asthma attacks, and makes attacks worse. Source control is basic: No one should smoke around children.” Of course, we’d like to take it one step further by saying that no one should smoke at all! If you’re a smoker, you may want to make quitting your number one priority.
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we recognize the importance of living in a home where the indoor air quality is the best it can be. For the safety of all those who dwell within it, cigarette smoke should be completely eliminated. We offer Air Quality Services to locate problem areas within the home where health hazards may be present. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.