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  • 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.

  • New Jersey community bans smoking in public places

    It's widely known that cigarette smoking can cause a slew of health problems, ranging from lung cancer to emphysema. This is why more cities across the country are attempting to make a difference by putting a ban on smoking and protecting others from second-hand smoke.

    Recently, legislative officials in Paramus, New Jersey, discussed banning smoking in public places. An ordinance was made official to prohibit smoking in parks, swimming facilities and playgrounds. Although the fines run as steep as $500, the goal is to encourage people to quit and make it easier to breathe in the community.

    "We're very pleased that the Paramus Board of Health is very interested in preserving public health in Paramus for its residents and visitors to parks, especially since the parks are places where people congregate to engage in physical activity," Karen Blumenfeld, executive director of New Jersey Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy, told the news source.

    Air purifiers can be efficient in removing cigraette smoke from the environment through HEPA filters. The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier system can eliminate toxins from up to 900 square feet of space.

    This air purifier is designed to remove harmful chemicals, such as methylamine, methyl vinyl ketone and methyl sulfid, from the atmosphere to make it easier to breathe.

  • New York City residents calling for smoking ban in apartments

    Recently, a ban has swept across New York City, preventing smokers from lighting up everywhere from restaurants to public parks. However, the New York Post reports that more people are pushing for more limits for cigarette users: in apartment buildings.

    More residents in the Big Apple, specifically those who live in condominiums, are suffering from second-hand smoke as a result of their neighbors. The chemicals from second-hand smoke can be just as dangerous to individuals as they are to smokers, increasing the risk of health complications, such as cancer.

    "Smoking in residential buildings is the hottest, newest issue now," real estate attorney Adam Leitman Bailey told the news source, citing a number of complaints from apartment residents.

    Individuals who want to breathe easier may want to utilize an air purifier. A HEPA filter can eliminate toxins from the atmosphere, which is beneficial to those who already suffer from respiratory ailments.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier has a HyperHEPA filter that can remove ultrafine particles from up to 900 square feet of space. It is specifically designed to eliminate chemicals from second-hand smoke that can be irritating to the lungs.

  • Nasal spray may be the solution to hay fever in the future

    Many over-the-counter medicines claim to be able to provide relief to those who suffer from hay fever, but CBS News reports that a new herbal nasal spray may be the answer to the elimination of symptoms. Researchers from the University of Goetheburg in Sweden say that a formulated spray containing traces of pine tree might ease hay fever symptoms.

    "The cellulose powder has no adverse effects, and this fact makes it a particularly attractive treatment for children," Nils Aberg, lead researcher, told the news source.

    An advantage to using an herbal remedy is it comes with less side effects than over-the-counter or prescription medications. More testing is required on the spray before it will be widely available to the public.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year may also want to consider using an air purifier. The IQ HealthPro Plus contains a HyperHEPA filter that can remove allergens from up to 900 square feet of space.

    Ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size can be eliminated with the system. The IQ HealthPro Plus can also remove airborne bacteria that can cause sinus infections and illness.

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