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non smoking woman askying his partner to stop smokingSmoking kills. Just in case you haven’t paid too close attention to our last two blogs, we figured we’d throw a bit more of the obvious your way. What may still not be so obvious, however, is the following fact: smoking kills non-smokers! And while most of us know the dangers of secondhand smoke, we don’t always know what to do to avoid it. Sure, we can wave it away with our hands, but is that really doing the trick?

By now, you know that cigarette smoke is packed with deadly toxins. So, it should go without saying that it’s horrible for the quality of the air you breathe. But even when the smoke has cleared, it doesn’t necessarily make the air that has been left behind safe for your health. At the end of the day, it’s important to avoid cigarette smoke at all costs. And there are some unique ways to go about doing it.

Here are three interesting ways to avoid secondhand smoke:

1. Create a “smoke-free zone” at your home. Some people may be afraid to ask guests of their homes to “butt out”. But there’s an easy and fun way to go about it. No-Smoke.org suggests that you post a sign on your front door. “Visitors appreciate knowing in advance that your home is a smokefree zone,” says the website, “In the rare case that a visitor lights up, politely request they smoke outside.”

The Canadian Cancer Society certainly supports this idea. “Because Canadians spend most of their time indoors, air quality in the home is important,” reports their website, “Think about how to make your home smoke-free. Talk about it with family and friends, and politely ask them to smoke outside. Let them know you are rejecting their smoking, not them.” This will go a long way in improving your home’s indoor air quality.

2. Support quitters. It is often said that “quitters never prosper”. But, in the world of cigarette smoking, the complete opposite is true. If you know someone who is attempting to smoke his or her last cigarette, do your part in supporting the cause. Remove the ashtrays from his or her home. Offer your friend sticks of gum to cure the cravings. Encourage the smoker each day with words of support. Every little bit will help.

“Support smokers who decide they’re going to quit,” advises No-Smoke.org, “Chances are they feel badly enough about their habit and wish they could quit. If you live with a smoker, be gentle, but firm in your request that they smoke only outside. Keep in mind that even if they only smoke outside, secondhand smoke clings to clothing and skin. Toxins are still off-gassed (released back into the air) when someone who has been exposed, returns indoors.”

3. Install special seals. “Second-hand smoke can get into an apartment or condominium unit through shared vents and openings,” reports the Canadian Cancer Society, “It can also drift under doors and through cracks and air leaks around electrical outlets, plumbing and windows. You can help reduce second-hand smoke in your apartment or condo by installing special seals in electrical outlets. These are available at hardware stores.”

It cannot be stressed enough that staying away from cigarette smoke is an important part of living a healthy life. Keeping it out of your home is an excellent way to improve its indoor air quality. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we provide Air Quality Services to maximize your chances of breathing clean air at 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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