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  • Smoking may cause birth defects in newborns

    Most people know that smoking can cause a slew of negative health effects, especially in pregnant women. However, it can be difficult to kick the habit, even when carrying another life.

    Mothers who smoke during pregnancy may not only be putting their own health at risk, but the health of their unborn child, according to the Los Angeles Times. It has been known for years that smoking can increase the risk of miscarriage, but a study recently published in the Human Reproduction Update journal shows that cigarette usage can also raise the odds of other ailments in newborns.

    Deformed limbs, cleft palette and heart problems are now linked to mothers who smoke while pregnant.

    Second-hand smoke can also have a negative effect on expecting mothers and the general public alike. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can make it difficult to breathe for individuals with respiratory conditions.

    Those who want to breathe easier may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can remove cigarette smoke chemicals such as methylamine, methyl vinyl ketone and methyl sulfid from the atmosphere.

  • Secondhand smoke may impair hearing in teens

    Most people are aware that secondhand smoke comes with negative health consequences, but new research suggests that it may specifically do a significant amount of damage to adolescents. A study conducted by experts from the New York University Langone Medical Center found that hearing may be impaired in teenagers if they are constantly exposed to secondhand smoke.

    Although they have not officially deemed secondhand smoke as the primary cause for impaired hearing in adolescents, the researchers said it may disrupt blood flow in the ears.

    "We need to increase focus on this population at risk [for hearing loss] during adolescence who now have risk factors such as noise factors or secondhand smoke," Anil Lalwani, who worked on the study, told Reuters Health.

    Systems, such as the IQ Air GC MultiGas Air Purifier, can be especially helpful in making it easier to breathe around smokers. The purifier can remove irritating toxins from secondhand smoke, such as methylamine, methyl vinyl ketone and methyl sulfid. It can also clear up to 900 square feet of space with its HyperHEPA filter for a cleaner atmosphere.

    The IQ Air GC MultiGas Air Purifier is ideal for individuals who live with smokers, suffer from seasonal allergies or just want to breathe easier.

  • Pet dander from hypoallergenic dogs still pose threat to allergy sufferers

    In recent years, more individuals have attempted to overcome allergies through adopting or purchasing "hypoallergenic dogs." However, new research suggests that these lovable pets may not be so allergy-friendly after all, according to WebMD.

    Recently, a study published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy showed that widely promoted "hypoallergenic dogs" are no better for allergy sufferers than other breeds. Portuguese water dogs, poodles and schnauzers have all been deemed hypoallergenic, but research shows that they can still be problematic for allergy patients.

    Approximately 92 percent of dust samples collected in 173 homes with one dog showed detectable traces of pet dander and allergens. Researchers also concluded that it had nothing to do with the breed.

    Individuals who suffer from pet allergies or seasonal hay fever may want to consider utilizing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritants from the atmosphere, making it easier to breathe.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system can clear up to 900 square feet of space. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, such as pet dander and dust. This can be an efficient way to cope with allergies on a regular basis.

  • Oregon residents finally feeling relief from seasonal allergies

    Allergy season has been worse than usual this year for many people across the U.S. due to dry spells and warm weather. Eugene, Oregon, is one region that especially suffered as a result of arid weather. However, a few recent storms have finally brought relief to residents in the area, according to The Register-Guard.

    Eugene saw its highest pollen count this season with 532 grains of grass pollen per square inch, which meant plenty of sneezing and itchy eyes for allergy sufferers. Kraig Jacobson, medical director of the Allergy and Asthma Research Group, which is the research arm of Oregon Allergy Associates in Eugene, told the news source that the rain will help allergy sufferers finally find relief.

    Individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritating particles from the atmosphere that cause coughing, sneezing and sniffling.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system is efficient at removing ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. Its HyperHEPA filter can eliminate dust, pollen and pet dander from the air.

  • Secondhand smoke may create learning disabilities in children

    It can be tough for individuals to quit smoking, even after they have children. However, new research may give parents another reason to try to kick the habit: secondhand smoke may result in learning disabilities in kids.

    A study recently published in the Pediatrics journal shows that children who are around smokers on a regular basis have an increased risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct issues.

    ''We analyzed the relationship between parents who reported smoking in the home as opposed to those not smoking in the home and these disorders," researcher Hillel Alpert told WebMD.

    Alpert and colleagues were able to determine that children who grew up around smokers had a 50 percent increased risk of developing these learning complications.

    If you have a child at home, you might want to invest in the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier - a system that can help remove toxins from cigarette smoke from up to 900 square feet. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to eliminate secondhand smoke chemicals, including ethanol, hydrogen chloride and ozone. The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier is ideal for individuals living with respiratory conditions as well, such as as asthma.

  • Smoke shops allowing consumers to roll cigarettes

    The rising prices of cigarettes have deterred many smokers from continuing with their bad habit, but shop owners are beginning to ease the irritation with a new proposal: let smokers create cigarettes of their own.

    Recently, a slew of shops opened in the Pittsburgh area to allow smokers the opportunity to roll their own cigarettes, according to Pittsburgh Live. For smokers who used to spend approximately $70 on a carton of cigarettes, such as David Ogilbie, the cheaper option is growing in popularity.

    "I used to smoke Marlboro," Ogilbie told the news source. "These taste better, plus I don't have to light them 50,000 times."

    Cigarettes still remain a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., and second-hand smoke can be just as dangerous for those who are in the presence of a cigarette user.

    Individuals who want to breathe easier may want to purchase an air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can be beneficial to those who suffer from respiratory ailments or live with a smoker.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can eliminate chemicals from cigarette smoke from the air, such as methanol, isopropanol and isoprene.

  • Kansas City issued ozone alert due to poor air quality

    Although it can be relieving to get a breath of fresh air once in awhile, it's not always possible - especially in the event of an ozone alert. Recently, the Mid-America Regional Council Air Quality Program issued an ozone warning for Eastern Jackson County in Missouri.

    The alert was released after officials predicted dangerous levels of air pollution for July 11 in the region, according to The Examiner. Smog in the Kansas City region is not uncommon, but it can cause breathing complications when summer heat traps it at ground-level.

    During ozone alerts, individuals are advised to postpone all of their outdoor activities until the warning is lifted. Air pollution can be especially dangerous to individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma. Small children and elderly adults are also at risk of health complications during ozone alerts.

    Individuals who want to breathe easier may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. The IQAir HealthPro Plus system contains a HyperHEPA filter that can be especially helpful to those with allergies and asthma.

    The filter can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet. The IQAir HealthPro Plus may also eliminate bacteria that can cause illness.

  • Humana chooses to avoid hiring workers who smoke cigarettes

    It's common knowledge that smoking cigarettes can result in a number of negative health complications, but second-hand smoke is no better to those who are exposed to it on a regular basis. In the workplace, many people are exposed to cigarette smoke, and not by choice. Humana, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., recently announced new proactive measures to reduce smoking, according to USA Today.

    The company has announced that it will not hire individuals who smoke. As an insurance business, Humana representatives say that the move only makes sense. State laws do not prohibit companies from establishing these types of policies.

    "Humana is dedicated to helping our employees take charge of their own health," Charles Cox, Humana vice president and market medical officer for Arizona, Nevada and Utah, told the news source.

    Individuals who suffer from health complications or simply do not want to inhale smoke may want to use the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier. This system is has a 99 percent efficiency rate and can remove harmful chemicals, such as ethanol, hydrogen chloride and ozone. It can be especially beneficial for individuals who are living with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

  • Smokers in Arkansas limited when using cigarettes in cars

    Smoking cigarettes is known to cause a slew of negative health complications, but inhaling second-hand some can come with consequences as well. In an effort to reduce the effect it has on children, a new law has passed in Arkansas to prevent smokers from using cigarettes in a car with kids, according to ABC affiliate KAIT-8.

    The law specifically states that individuals may not operate a motor vehicle and smoke with a child under the age of 14 in the car. The goal is to not only reduce second-hand smoke exposure among children, but to encourage others to quit.

    "I think people pretty much know not to smoke around kids that small. You know it's just common sense," Sergeant Mark Walker with the Paragould Police Department told the news source.

    Individuals who are interested in keeping children away from cigarette smoke and wish to breathe easier may want to consider purchasing the IQ Air GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier. This system contains a HyperHEPA filter that can remove ultrafine particles from up to 900 square feet of space.

    The IQ Air GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier is also effective in eliminating chemicals, such as isoprene, ethanol and hydrogen chloride, from the atmosphere.

  • Hot, dry air may be trapping air pollution at ground-level

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently announced an ozone alert across the region due to high levels of air pollution, according to The York Daily Record.

    Smog may cause health complications not only for those with respiratory ailments, but for individuals with allergies as well. Particles such as toxins from exhaust and carbon emissions can stay trapped at ground-level due to the heat. A lack of rain can also cause pollen and mold spores to stick around for longer during bouts of dry weather.

    Small children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to health complications during high levels of air pollution.

    "No heavy exercise," Ann de Bien, a nurse practitioner with Asthma and Allergy Consultants, told the news source. "You can wear a mask, but that's pretty cumbersome."

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system is an air purifier that can benefit individuals who are having breathing complications as a result of the smog. Its HyperHEPA filter can remove particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, such as pollen and cigarette smoke. The IQ HealthPro Plus can also reduce the risk of illness by removing airborne bacteria from up to 900 square feet of space.

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