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  • Air purifiers may benefit children living with smokers

    It can be an uphill battle for individuals to quit smoking, even if they have their child's best interest at heart. In turn, kids may show signs of suffering from secondhand smoke, which can cause a number of health complications.

    Recently, researchers examined the effects that smoking has on children, according to ConsumerReports.org. The study, which was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, showed that children with asthma may suffer from secondhand smoke more than those who do not have the condition. However, an air purifier can reduce asthmatic symptoms in a household.

    Approximately 21 million children are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in their own homes in the U.S. When inhaled, secondhand smoke can increase the chances of health complications, including cancer.

    An air purifier can remove toxic chemicals from secondhand smoke through a HEPA filter. This can make it easier to breathe for children who are suffering from asthma.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can be especially effective in reducing the number of chemicals from secondhand smoke in the air, such as styrene, skatole and phenol. Its HyperHEPA filter can trap ultrafine particles that may cause airborne illnesses as well.

  • Casinos willing to negotiate public smoking ban terms

    Many regions are considering bans on smoking in public areas, and Ohio County in West Virginia is one of them. Smoking can cause a series of negative health complications, including cancer. However, secondhand smoke can be just as detrimental to those who inhale it on a regular basis.

    Recently, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department began pushing the idea of a ban on public smoking across the area. However, local casinos are not thrilled about the idea, which they feel may deter business, according to The State-Journal.

    "Economic impact has always been a concern with Clean Indoor Air regulations, even back in the 90s when it was introduced in West Virginia," Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble told the news source.

    Although it puts casinos in a compromising position, many say they may be willing to comply if there is a transition period to do so.

    Clean air might be hard to find outdoors, but it doesn't have to be at home. An air purifier can remove harmful chemicals from the air with a HEPA filter for those who suffer from respiratory conditions.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier has a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate secondhand smoke toxins from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Ozone alert issued for the Kansas City region

    With the warm weather and the humidity that comes with summer, it is not uncommon for pollution to stay at ground-level and cause breathing complications. This is why public health officials are quick to warn individuals about the air quality to prevent people from suffering from health issues.

    Recently, an ozone alert was issued for the Kansas City region on August 1 to acknowledge the high level of pollution in the air, according to The Eudora News. The Mid-America Regional Council Air Quality Program issued the alert upon finding the amount of toxins to be harmful to breathe.

    During an ozone alert, individuals are likely to find difficulty breathing through smog. The warning should especially be taken into consideration by elderly people, children and those with respiratory ailments.

    An air purifier can make it easier to breathe in the home. A HEPA filter can remove harmful chemicals from the atmosphere and lower the chances of breathing complications.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus system can be especially effective in a home. It can remove irritants from up to 900 square feet of space with its HyperHEPA filter. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is also designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

  • FDA announces plans to release familiar flu vaccine in 2011

    Many people dread the cold weather season in fear of catching the flu, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new vaccine to help ward off the common virus. In fact, this year's formula is virtually identical to the one used by doctors last year, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    The only difference between the the old shot and the new one is that those with a fear of needles will have nothing to worry about. The 2011 flu shot can be injected into the skin, rather than the muscle, with one of the thinnest needles available on the market.

    "It is important to get vaccinated every year, even if the strains in the vaccine do not change, because the protection received the previous year will diminish over time," FDA representative Karen Midthun said in a release, according to the news source.

    An air purifier can help reduce the risk of contracting the flu as well. A HEPA filter can remove bacteria from the atmosphere, lowering the chances of catching a cold.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It can potentially reduce the levels of airborne bacteria in up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Arkansas celebrates secondhand smoke legislation

    Not all states recognize the dangers of secondhand smoke with limitations on smokers, but Arkansas is one place that does. Recently, the state celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Arkansas Protection for Secondhand Smoke for Children Act and the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act, aimed at reducing levels of cigarette chemicals in the air.

    Both of the laws were put in place in 2006, according to The Sun-Times. The Arkansas Protection for Secondhand Smoke for Children Act will be expanded to protect children from riding in cars with smokers. The goal is to provide further protection for kids who may not have a choice in whether they inhale secondhand smoke.

    "We all know secondhand smoke is dangerous," Senator Percy Malone told the news source. "I'm happy to have sponsored the Act that will protect the health of our children and pushes closer to a smoke-free Arkansas. Recent scientific studies have produced irrefutable evidence that kids, cars and cigarettes are a very dangerous combination."

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can make it easier to breathe with its HyperHEPA filter, designed to remove harmful chemicals from the air.

    The system can eliminate secondhand smoke chemicals from up to 900 square feet of space, including styrene, skatole and phenol.

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