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Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is one of the most widespread and harmful indoor air pollutants, containing more than 4700 chemical compounds such as arsenic, benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, lead, phenol, sulfur dioxide and hydrogen cyanide. According to Health Canada, the hydrogen cyanide released from tobacco smoke is in proportions that are 160 times higher than what are considered dangerous. These harmful chemicals remain in the environment because they are absorbed by carpets, upholstery, draperies etc. and are then recycled back into the air you breathe.

To prevent exposure to tobacco smoke:

  • Do not smoke in your home.
  • If you are going to smoke, do it outdoors away from windows or air intakes.
  • Stay in non-smoking areas of public places.

If people are still going to be smoking indoors:

  • You require a lot of fresh air to dilute the smoke
  • Ventilation needs to be dramatically increased by open windows or a Heat Recovery Ventilator
  • Using a quality Central Air Cleaner with an activated carbon filter will help rid these toxic gases from the air that your family breathes.

Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Those with a higher risk include fetuses and newborns, children and people with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Even a non-smoker who lives with a smoker doubles their risk of developing lung cancer. See Related Article.

Pregnant women exposed to ETS have an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight or stillbirth.

Children exposed to ETS experience a number of health problems. They have a slower rate of growth in lung function as the lung matures which increases the risk of developing a lung disease down the road. According to the Lung Association, in the first two years of life, children of parents who smoke at home have a much higher rate of lung disease such as bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia.

Asthmatics or those with other respiratory conditions will notice that ETS worsens their symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath, which in turns means more medication use and more emergency room visits.

If you live in a residence that has been exposed to ETS and are concerned for the health of your family, call Home Heroes today and let us rid your home of all residual odours and other lingering effects using our Revolutionary Ozone Therapy!
 
 
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