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  • Minnesota community college goes smoke-free

    Cigarettes can have a negative impact on a smoker's health, but the smoke can be harmful to those around users as well. In an effort to improve the health of individuals on campus, administrators at Riverland Community College in Minnesota have banned smoking around the school, according to ABC affiliate KAAL-TV.

    Terry Leas, the president of Riverland Community College, realized that it was becoming increasingly difficult to push for a healthier lifestyle while allowing smoking across campus. To give everyone peace of mind, Leas moved forward with plans to ban cigarette usage.

    "I think its in the best interest of employees and students," Leas told the news source.

    Cigarette smoke can be especially harmful to individuals who suffer from respiratory ailments such as asthma. Those who may have an adverse reaction to second-hand smoke may want to consider purchasing an air purifier to remove the toxins from the atmosphere.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier is a system that can effectively eliminate harmful cigarette smoke chemicals from the air. With its HyperHEPA filter, the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can get rid of toxic airborne particles, such as vinyl chloride, trimethylamine, trihylamine and trichloroethylene.

  • Wildfire smoke causing problems for individuals with asthma

    A number of regions across the country have fallen victim to wildfires, and Florida is one of them. As a result, individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions are feeling the pressure from wildfire smoke, according to The Independent Florida Alligator.

    Approximately 10 percent of the population in the U.S. lives with asthma, which can be aggravated as a result of smoke and smog. Asthma attacks in patients are more common as direct result of smoke and can require medical attention.

    "Anybody who has intrinsic lung disease could be affected," Dr. Mark Brantly from Shands HealthCare at the University of Florida told the news source. "These individuals have a hypersensitivity to stimuli."

    Staying indoors is one option, but individuals may still suffer from inhaling ultrafine particles that make their way into the home. An air purifier is one way to remove pollution from the atmosphere and make it easier to breathe.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus is a system that contains a HyperHEPA filter, designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. It can be especially helpful for individuals living with asthma or allergies.

  • Regular inhalation of smog may cause depression in individuals

    It is common knowledge that smog has negative health effects, but more researchers are warning that there may be a direct effect on cognitive abilities. Recently, experts determined that air pollution can have a damaging impact on the brain and even result in depression.

    The study, which was published in Molecular Psychiatry, is one of the first to examine how smog affects the brain. Previously, experts had conducted studies on how pollution impacts the lungs and heart.

    A group of mice were exposed to air pollution for five days a week throughout the course of 10 months. After this time period, tests found that they showed more depressive-like behaviors as a result of the smog.

    Individuals who want to remove smog from their homes may want to purchase the IQ HealthPro Plus. The system can remove microns smaller than 0.3 microns in size from the air with its HyperHEPA filter, making it easier to breathe.

    If cigarette smoke is a constant problem, the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor air purifier is a must. This system can remove chemicals, such as acrolein, acetone and acetic acid, from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Pollen season expected to remain brutal throughout the summer

    The worst of it may be over for some allergy sufferers once spring ends, but for many, sniffling and sneezing continues well into the summer months. High pollen counts are to blame, and experts say that there is little relief in sight, according to KVAL News.

    Justin Treat, a doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center in Eugene, Oregon, told the news source that tree and grass pollen are common causes for itchy, watery eyes and sneezing during this time of year.

    Treat also added that knowing what you are allergic to can play a crucial role in treating symptoms. Although pollen is a big culprit for many, ragweed and mold spores can cause allergic reactions as well.

    There are many ways that homeowners can reduce their allergy symptoms through methods other than medical treatment. Air purifiers are one way to remove pollen from a living space through a HEPA filter.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus is a system that can be especially beneficial for those with allergies and respiratory ailments. Its HyperHEPA filter can remove pollen and other ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, preventing airborne illnesses.

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