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  • 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.

  • Those heating up this winter may get burned

    As the seasons shift from warm to cold, air quality concerns shift from ozone damage to the indoor air pollution caused by wood-burning stoves and similar heating methods. It seems the fine-particle pollution from burning wood indoors can cause a number of serious health complications, from heart disease to cancer to asthma, reports USA Today.

    Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide and a number of other chemicals that cause health complications in humans. The major ingredients in wood smoke, soot and liquid pollution particles, are among the smallest and most deadly air particles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that wood-burning stoves, such as open fireplaces or pellet stoves, are responsible for about 5 percent of these particles, which can also be found in auto emissions.

    If you currently operate a wood-burning stove in wintertime to keep warm, it's important to ensure that your home is well-ventilated. This means making sure that fresh air from the outdoors is permitted to circulate in your home. Keeping up with air filter replacements for stoves that require them is also imperative.

    Those who use wood-burning stoves should also consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to remove noxious airborne particles from their home. Medical-grade air purifiers can remove over 99 percent of pollution particles and help ensure that the air in your home is safe, and that your family is protected.

  • Ensuring your home air quality is safe for the season

    As the weather begins cooling down for fall, many people will find themselves spending increased amounts of time indoors. However, with the windows sealed at this time of year, indoor air quality may be a concern for some.

    With the reduction of fresh air circulating indoors, airborne irritants, moisture and pollutants can become trapped inside your home. For those who are prone to allergies and asthma, this can be disastrous. However, even those who don't normally suffer from these conditions may find that their health is at risk.

    Earlier this season, mold spores reached the highest levels seen in decades, and pollens from plants like ragweed have been an even bigger bane to seasonal allergy sufferers across the country. More people who have not previously experienced seasonal allergies have been experiencing symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, coughing and sore throat this year, reports USA Today.

    In order to preserve your health and keep your home protected, there are a few steps you should take before winter sets in. Replacing the filters in your furnace can protect you from air pollutants. Updating to modern windows and insulation can reduce the amount of moisture that's allowed to set in. Perhaps the best thing you can do to protect your home from indoor air hazards is to invest in a home air purifier. Professional-grade purifiers can reduce the amount of airborne irritants in your home by more than 99 percent.

  • October is National Home Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month

    This month is National Home Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, making it the prefect time of year to see to it that your home is protected against common indoor pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are three steps you can take to improve the quality of the air inside your home and protect your family from the many health hazards that have been associated with indoor air pollution.

    The first step, source control, involves identifying and eliminating the major sources of pollution. For example, if your gas stove leaks unhealthy emissions, you can alter the settings or replace the stove so that the air inside your home is safer.

    The second step is ensuring that your home is well-ventilated. Many indoor heating and cooling systems do not include a mechanism for bringing fresh air from the outdoors into your home, but rather rely on recycling the same air over and over again. Take the time to periodically open windows and doors to ensure that a fresh supply of air is making its way inside your home.

    Finally, the EPA recommends investing in a home air purifier that can remove harmful pollutants and other airborne hazards from the air within your home. For the most protection, invest in a medical-grade air purifier that can remove over 99 percent of indoor air pollutants.

  • Vendors finding difficulty selling cigarettes with warning labels

    Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pushed legislation that now forces tobacco manufacturers to list explicit health warnings on cigarette packs. However, not everyone is pleased with the development - especially those who still smoke.

    Many Americans choose to smoke cigarettes, and feel that their rights are being taken away by new legislation. For vendors attempting to sell cigarettes, the warning labels pose a problem as well, according to The Sun Herald.

    "It's another form of Big Daddy trying to tell people what to do," Frank Williams, an owner of three tobacco stores, told the news source. "They're just trying to tell people how to live their life."

    Several communities are instituting bans on smoking in public areas as well. Secondhand smoke can cause negative health effects similar to those seen in cigarette users.

    Many people use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to cope around smokers. This can remove the toxins from the cigarettes from the atmosphere.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Air Purifier is growing in popularity among those who want to avoid secondhand smoke as well. Its HyperHEPA filter can eliminate irritating particles in up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Maine to become first state to ban smoking in rental properties

    Although it's a renowned fact that smoking can cause a number of serious health complications, many people tend to overlook the effects of secondhand smoke. When inhaled, the chemicals in cigarettes can cause similar ailments to those seen in smokers, such as cancer.

    In an effort to reduce the levels of secondhand smoke that is inhaled across Maine, the state will become the first in the nation to ban smoking in apartments. Beginning in 2012, Maine will take up a policy that prohibits people from smoking in rental properties, according to the Village Soup.

    "We know that in Maine over 75 percent of tenants surveyed want to live in smoke-free housing. Our goal is to have the supply of smoke-free housing meet that demand," Nancy Laite, Healthy Maine Program Specialist, told the news source.

    However, not all regions of the country are as active in protecting tenants as Maine. An air purifier can help clear the air in an apartment where an individual is forced to live around smokers.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Air Purifier can be especially effective in helping tenants breathe easier. It has a HyperHEPA filter that can remove toxins from cigarette smoke from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Texas school group fights secondhand smoke exposure

    Public smoking is not uncommon, but it is especially prominent on college campuses. Oftentimes, schools have little regulations in place to prohibit smoking. In turn, secondhand smoke can cause a number of health complications for those who are regularly around cigarette users.

    Recently, one student group banded together in an effort to reduce public smoking, according to the Daily Texan Online. The Texas Public Health organization released a list of regulations that are targeted at smokers around campus. The goal was to encourage cigarette users to abide by these rules to prevent others from having to inhale secondhand smoke.

    "I don't feel it's too much to ask that smokers make the effort to ensure they're not exposing others in their environment to secondhand smoke," Thomas Haviland, a group member, told the news source. "We feel that it would be malpractice for us to not at least recommend options that could help prevent that."

    Some people turn to air purifiers to rid secondhand smoke from the atmosphere. A HEPA filter can remove some of the toxins associated with cigarettes.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Air Purifier has a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate toxins from up to 900 square feet of space. This can be especially beneficial to those who suffer from respiratory ailments such as asthma.

  • Colden, New York, bans smoking in athletic parks

    Secondhand smoke is known to cause a number of health complications, and it can be especially harmful to children. In an effort to reduce kids' exposure to secondhand smoke, more communities are instituting ordinances to ban public smoking.

    Recently, the town board in Colden, New York, adopted a new policy to ban smoking on public athletic grounds. These places are often where kids of all ages play and may be susceptible to inhaling secondhand smoke.

    Officials also noted that these recreational parks promote a healthy lifestyle. However, allowing individuals to smoke in the area is contradicting the purpose of the fields. The town hopes to reduce secondhand smoke in the area and limit the amount of exposure to children.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier is one system that can help individuals remove secondhand smoke from the air in their living spaces. This air purifier has a HyperHEPA filter that can remove toxins that come from cigarettes.

    Unlike other air purifiers, the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can also trap ultrafine particles that may cause irritation in the lungs and airborne illnesses.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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