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  • Smoking still has strong hold on America

    One would think that as studies show more and more dangers associated with smoking, the number of smokers would drop - and perhaps they have. The best result that can be expected, however, is getting a greater number of people to never start in the first place. Still, there are places where more knowledge about the dangers hasn't made as much of a difference to the smokers.

    Secondhand smoke studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency have been a major driving force behind the ban of smoking in public places throughout most of the states in America. In fact, smoking laws have changed greatly in a relatively short period of time. Even with these recent advancements, in states where there are fewer smoking laws, the smokers remain in stronger force.

    The chemical produced by secondhand smoke can be dangerous to those who suffer regular exposure. If you're a smoker and want to protect your family, or you simply worry about the dangers within your home, invest in a medical-grade air purifier. These purifiers can remove up to 99.5 percent of the toxins released by secondhand smoke from the air, allowing your family to breathe healthier.

  • Fight indoor air pollution with a medical-grade air purifier

    It's difficult to argue with the idea that pollution is harmful to both the environment and the people who live in it. In places with high smog levels, citizens are often encouraged to stay indoors and seal their homes up as best they can to reduce their intake of pollutants. Once inside, however, there are a number of indoor pollutants that can cause mild discomfort or severe illness.

    Indoor pollutants are often a result of the fact that, while mild airborne particles are easily dissipated outside, pollutants are much more difficult to disperse inside the sealed-up interior of a home.

    Some of the more obvious sources of these toxins are heating technologies, such as escaped gas, smoke from a wood-burning stove and improperly ventilated fireplaces. Other sources can come from more hard-to-control areas.

    Mold spores from unseen areas inside the walls can cause problems, as can certain kinds of insulation like asbestos, fumes from cleaning products, rotting wood furniture and leftover tobacco smoke from any indoor smokers.

    Combat these indoor pollutants with a medical-grade air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro. These purifiers can help eliminate up to 99.5 percent of airborne pollutants and other irritants, keeping those in your home safe from these toxins.

  • Asthma caused by pollution is claimed to be false

    Pollution has long been linked to asthma symptoms. The development of asthma may be separate from the presence of pollution, but the presence of pollutants in the air has been proven to increase the instances of asthma attacks in those already diagnosed.

    Recently, Senator Ron Paul used a chart he created to claim that pollution levels had fallen while the percentage of people diagnosed with asthma had risen. He used these separate pieces of information to attempt to prove that pollution levels had no effect on asthma whatsoever.

    Environmental and health groups immediately responded, claiming that he had used skewed statistics and faulty reasoning. They said that pollution had never been the sole cause of asthma, just that it worsens the problem.

    The motivations behind this claim may not be completely known, but until more research has been done, it may be hard for asthmatics and parents of asthmatics to believe that pollution has no effect on the condition. To stay safe and improve your health, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to remove as many airborne pollutants as possible from your indoor environment.

  • Government reaction to smog proposal is surprising

    The last time smog limits were set was during the presidency of George W. Bush, and even at the time, environmental advocates claimed that the smog limit level was too high. In response to that, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed dropping the restriction from 70 parts per billion of smog to 65 parts per billion.

    The small difference was estimated to possibly prevent up to 7,200 deaths, 11,000 hospital visits and 38,000 cases of severe asthma per year. Opponents to the proposal immediately argued the timing of the bill, claiming it would cost nearly $90 billion to enact the law, something that couldn't be afforded in the recession.

    President Obama rejected the proposal to the surprise of members of the EPA, saying that if he remains in office he'd be happy to look back into the request as early as 2013, but that the timing for such a drastic change would cost too much at the moment.

    During the wait to see if restrictions do indeed get tighter on smog emissions, you can still protect the health of your family by investing in a medical-grade air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro to reduce the level of pollutants in your home. These purifiers can help eliminate the vast majority of airborne pollutants and other irritants.

  • Celebrating the Clean Air Act

    The Clean Air Act was originally passed back in 1963 and greatly expanded in 1970 under Richard Nixon on the eve of the new year. Over the years, it has gone through a variety of changes including another amendment in 1977. It was one of the first major environmental laws passed in the United States, and the first to include a provision for citizen suits. The citizen suit addition meant that private citizens could take steps to enforce environmental laws, adding an element of honesty in places that otherwise might have slipped under the radar.

    The most recent change was a major addition of amendments passed 21 years ago this week. These new amendments provided for major problems facing the country such as acid rain, urban air pollution, toxic air emissions and the depletion of the ozone layer.

    This portion of the act also introduced emission trading, or economic incentives for companies that successfully reduced their emissions. The amendments also affected the creation and importation of cars, putting limitations on acceptable level of emissions from gasoline.

    This year, celebrate the birthday of the most recent incarnation of the Clean Air Act by improving the quality of air in your home. Invest in a medical-grade air purifier to make your home's air as safe and clean as possible.

  • Christmas allergies don't have to ruin your holiday

    While Christmas is supposed to be a time of togetherness and relaxation, for some people it can be a torturous time that brings watery eyes and itchy throats. While others gather around to decorate or celebrate the holidays, there are those who dread the season of pine trees.

    While many would assume it's the pollen from the pine that's driving them crazy, many trees are cut after pollen season is over, so the culprit is usually the mold that grows on trees in storage. Still, there are other reasons that pine trees could be making your nose run.

    So how do you deal with a pine allergy during the time of year when it's most difficult to escape? An artificial tree might be the easiest method, though many feel as if an artificial tree defeats the purpose of the season - and if you're not the one making the tree decisions, you're out of luck. If a genuine pine is a necessity in your home, do your best to shake the tree out thoroughly before you bring it inside the house. You should also consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier. This machine can help control your allergies by removing a large portion of the allergens in the air.

  • Holiday pets don't have to excite your allergies

    As the holiday season approaches, many children have their wish lists ready, and topping a number of them will be a request for a new pet. This can be a difficult situation for a parent who doesn't want to deprive his children of the companionship a pet can provide, but worries about what owning an animal will do to his allergies.

    Serious pet allergies are rare, and more often than not the common allergy to dander is controllable in many ways. Keeping a clean house is one way to help keep allergies from taking over your home. If the dander doesn't have the chance to get stuck in carpets and furniture, it also won't have the chance to set off a series of sneezes. Also consider confining the pet to one portion of your home. For example, many pet owners don't allow their cats or dogs into the bedroom, as overnight exposure to these allergens causes extreme irritation for many.

    An especially effective step to take is investing in a medical-grade air purifier. This will help keep the dander out of the air so that the thankfulness of grateful children can fill it. Don't let your allergies get in the way of granting your child his holiday wish.

  • Guarding against winter allergies

    Many consider the "allergy seasons" to be fall and spring, when pollen and mold spore counts are high, but winter also poses its share of indoor allergens. In fact, for those who are sensitive to dust, dander or mold, the cold season can be the most trying season of all.

    Because most individuals spend the majority of their time indoors in winter, these and other common allergens are encountered on a more frequent, constant basis. This can lead to a running series of coughs, sniffles and red or watery eyes that can make the time you spend in your home quite unbearable.

    "People...are susceptible to allergies as they tend to stay indoors 90 percent of the time [due to the harsh weather]," Dr. Abey Abraham, specialist physician at Aster Medical Centre, told Gulf News. "Indoor air quality plays a big role as allergies can be triggered by dust mites, pet dander, perfumes and micro-organisms living in air-conditioning vents, among other things."

    Those looking to rid their homes of these winter irritants should take several steps before the season sets in. All air filters for furnaces or other heating units should be cleaned or replaced before the units are turned on for the season. If you're concerned that your home may have been affected by mold, have an inspector conduct a more thorough investigation as soon as possible - otherwise, the mold will set in and continue to grow over the wintertime, leaving you with a much bigger problem. Finally, the most important step you can take to protect the air within your home is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. These devices can help alleviate your symptoms by removing over 99 percent of airborne allergens.

  • Senator Alexander supports clean air

    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has broken ranks with the GOP regarding a new initiative to kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a regulation aimed toward reducing the amount of smog and air pollution emitted by power plants, Think Progress reports.

    "Air pollution blowing in from other states makes our citizens sick, especially children and older Tennesseans," said Alexander. "It is also a jobs issue - pollution makes our mountains smoggy, driving away tourists...makes it harder for communities to secure the air-quality permits that allow auto suppliers and other manufacturers to locate in, and bring jobs to, our state."

    Aside from driving tourists away, air pollution also creates problems for residents who live in areas where this type of pollution is a concern. Those who are regularly exposed face a higher chance of developing serious health conditions such as heart and respiratory conditions and some cancers, according to the EPA.

    Residents who live near offending power plants should be mindful that, in addition to the smog found outdoors, air pollution can invade a home and make the indoor air quality unsafe, especially for children and seniors. In order to ensure that a home is protected against potential health hazards, those who live in areas with a high amount of smog and pollution should consider investing in a home air purifier. Medical-grade air purifiers can improve the quality of air inside a home and protect its occupants from pollution-related health risks.

  • Nevada Supreme Courts say 'yea' to clean air

    After attorney and restaurant co-owner Robert Peccole, Jr. challenged the constitutionality of the state's Clean Air Act, the Nevada Supreme Court unanimously voted to support the Act and enforce the clean air standard on the restauranter, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

    Peccole believes that banning smoking in the establishment is bad for business, but the Courts insisted it was bad for patrons' health, and that the law would have to be enforced.

    Peccole's problem is one that many restaurant and bar owners have had to face as the United States continues to uphold strict laws that protect both its citizens and the environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that have been directly linked with cancer.

    Cigarette smoke is just as dangerous in private homes as it is in public facilities. Those who smoke indoors should make every effort to ensure that their homes are well-ventilated and that children are not exposed to harmful chemical smoke.

    Regular smokers should consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to ensure that their family's health is protected. Medical-grade air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help remove up to 99.5 percent of airborne pollutants.

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