You think with cars and factories, the outside air might be bad for your health. A University of California, San Diego study shows that indoor air can be just as deadly. Do you have any guesses why? Let’s investigate.
Cigarette Smoke Damages Air Quality
When it comes to indoor air, we might think that it is surely healthier and less polluted than those outside. It is facing environmental crisis. Anyway, the comfort of our own home certainly should not have all the threats and toxins of the outside air. Right? Actually, this belief is rather false. Our indoor environment is full of hidden hazardous particles. They include dust, decorative sprays, asbestos, fireplace, heaters, paint, and rug fibers. Any one of these can be a threat to our body and overall health. Believe it or not, even frying French fries can add to the indoor air pollution.
However, it should not be a shock to people to see what the number one indoor polluter is. Scientists have confirmed that cigarette smoke is the number one damaging factor to indoor air quality. This is according to researchers from University of California, San Diego. What concerned the researchers the most were low-income families. This is where kids can have heavy exposure to cigarette smoke. As a result, lower income cigarette smokers suffer more from diseases caused by smoking than smokers with higher incomes. This is according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, secondhand smoke exposure is higher among people living below the poverty level and those with less education.
Children at Risk the Most
They based the research on the installation of particle air monitors in 300 households in the San Diego area. The target demographic was families who have at least one child aged 14 and younger, and a smoking adult. These monitors function like air purifiers. They have a way of scanning the air for particles like dust, fungal spores, gas emissions, and combustion byproducts. All of these particles are so small that they have no problems to get into human lungs. Consequently, the lungs will develop some cardiovascular diseases. Most diseases of this type can be quite deadly. For healthy adults, it is usually not a problem. However, when you have infants with their delicate organs, it can be lethal.
For three months, the monitors scanned the indoor air of these San Diego homes. Then, they transmitted the air quality data straight to the researchers. The results were surprising. For example, that marijuana and tobacco combustion are causing the same level of air pollution. This interesting discovery will be the subject of further, more developed research strategies.
The researchers had much concern for the children. In fact, these concerns are fully valid. Exposure to indoor secondhand smoke can cause 3,000 lung cancer deaths to those who do not smoke. This is a warning from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Can you imagine what effect indoor air pollution can have on kids? Asthma is the most common chronic disease among kids. Children with asthma having exposure to indoor cigarette smoke can develop yet unknown symptoms. As a result, they will require additional treatments. This comes from additional the Agency findings.
The cost of your cigarettes might not be what you paid at the stores after all. You might be paying for it in medical bills for you or your kids later. Smoking indoors isn’t just dangerous to humans but to artworks as well.
What do you think about these findings?