Sixty-nine chemicals in secondhand smoke have been linked to cancer according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes for Health (NIH), with no safe level of exposure known to date. Combined with an increased risk of conditions like sudden infant death syndrome, pneumonia, ear infections, and asthma, exposure, even if indirect, can greatly increase the likelihood of nonsmokers experiencing adverse reactions (like cancer) later in life.
Children who are exposed, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics Twitter feed on January 17, 2014, “are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke, which can cause respiratory illness and impair development.”
While there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, the only way to fully protect nonsmokers and children is to remove the threat from indoor spaces. The NIH states, “Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot completely eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.”
Secondhand smoke exposure has been measured by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Report on Carcinogens (RoC), which identifies substances that may potentially put nonsmokers at risk for life-threatening diseases like cancer. These substances include metals, pesticides, drugs, and natural and synthetic chemicals. RoC also tests indoor air for nicotine and other chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Nicotine, cotinine, and carbon monoxide has also been found in nonsmoker’s blood, saliva, and urine.
If the individual in your household is willing to smoke outside, fantastic; however, stale tobacco smoke will still linger in the air. Improving indoor air quality even when smokers take tobacco to another location is a step in the right direction. Humidifiers and purifiers can reduce odor and clean the air of smoke to keep family and friends in a safe and healthy breathable environment.
Indoor air is drawn into the Venta Airwasher and passes through stacks of discs rotating in water. The air gets cleaned, removing impurities like old tobacco smoke, household dust, pollen and allergens, then floods the room with only fresh, humidified air. What happens to the particles of unwanted pollution? They are trapped in the water collected in the bottom of the machine.
There are also a few perks of using our unique method of humidification:
Of course, the best method for prevention is to completely eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, but in the event that you need to reduce its impacts on home home health, take measures to ensure the best possible environment for loved ones.