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  • Ozone alert issued for Fort Collins, Colorado

    It isn't uncommon for ozone alerts to be issued during the summer months when the weather is warm and pollution stays at ground-level. However, these warnings are not only to acknowledge the high levels of pollution in the hair - they are to prevent individuals from breathing in the toxins during the alert as well.

    Recently, an ozone alert was issued for Fort Collins in Colorado due to the increased levels of contaminants in the air, according to The Coloradoan. Warm temperatures and light winds played a role in keeping the pollution around where it could be inhaled and pose a threat to the public.

    During ozone alerts, individuals are encouraged to stay indoors until the warning has been lifted. The pollution in the air can cause breathing complications for the elderly, small children and those who have respiratory ailments.

    Individuals who want to remove contaminants from the atmosphere in their homes may want to purchase the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This air purifier contains a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate irritants in up to 900 square feets of space.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is also designed to remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. The system can potentially prevent airborne illnesses as well.

  • SAHA bans smoking in public areas

    Most people know that smoking can cause cancer and a number of other health complications. However, not everyone acknowledges the similar damage that secondhand smoke can cause when inhaled on a regular basis.

    To prevent constant exposure to secondhand smoke and the toxins from cigarettes, the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) recently announced that it will be banning smoking at 70 public sites. The goal is to push more people to stop smoking while improving the health of local residents, according to My San Antonio. Approximately 15,800 who live in the area will be affected by the legislation.

    "It's our responsibility to provide a living environment that's healthy, safe and comfortable and, frankly, your neighbor's smoke can often impair that," Melanie Villalobos, a spokeswoman for SAHA, told the news source.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory ailments or just want to breathe easier might want to consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can help remove chemicals from the atmosphere.

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

  • 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.

  • Ozone alert issued for Rhode Island due to smog

    Air pollution may seem like an everyday concern, but when smog reaches dangerous levels, quality control officials are adamant about getting the word out to raise awareness of the problem.

    On July 18, the Department of Environmental Management in Rhode Island issued an ozone alert for the state, according to the Boston Globe. The goal was to educate residents on the dangers of being outside during these warnings, which signify unhealthy levels of pollution.

    During ozone alerts, individuals are encouraged to carpool and utilize public transportation to reduce carbon emissions from cars. Young children and elderly adults are also at a high risk of breathing complications when ozone alerts are in effect. Residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities until after the warning is lifted.

    Those who want to breathe easier may want to consider using an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritating toxins from the atmosphere that can cause difficulty breathing.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. It can be beneficial for those with allergies and asthma.

  • Alternative pets for allergy sufferers can provide companionship

    It's not uncommon for individuals to suffer from allergies, but it can be disheartening if the ailment prevents them from owning a pet. Dog and cat allergies are two of the most popular conditions and there is no cure. However, the Mother Nature Network reports that there are a few pets that can fill the void in the hearts of those who yearn for a lovable companion.

    A hamster is not only cute and cuddly, but it can also be easily maintained. The news source says that the small pets are also entertaining and relatively allergy-free. They do not produce a large amount of irritating dander in comparison to dogs and cats.

    Fish are another alternative, although they cannot be touched or taken out of their tank. In a decorative aquarium, they can complement the welcoming feeling in an existing living space.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies as a result of pet dander may want to consider using an air purifier. The IQ HealthPro Plus system can remove the irritants from the atmosphere, making it easier to breathe.

    Its HyperHEPA filter can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. the IQ HealthPro Plus is a must for allergy and asthma sufferers alike.

  • Poll shows support smoking ban in public places

    As more local governments institute bans on smoking in certain areas, talks about secondhand smoke are growing in popularity, especially since it's considered as a major culprit for a slew of medical complications. Individuals who are exposed to secondhand smoke may develop some of the same illnesses that cigarette users have, such as cancer.

    A recent Gallup poll found that 59 percent of Americans support public smoking bans, according to the Central Florida Future. A call for banning smoking around the workplace is also gaining attention as more individuals want cleaner air to breathe at the office.

    The American Lung Association reports that approximately 3,400 people die from lung cancer contrived from secondhand smoke each year. A ban on cigarette use in the workplace in addition to public places may reduce the rate.

    Individuals who want to breathe easier might want to utilize an air purifier. A HEPA filter can reduce the level of pollutants in the atmosphere.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can help individuals remove secondhand smoke from their living spaces as well. Its HyperHEPA filter can clear up to 900 square feet of space.

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