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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jefferson County health officials push for more anti-smoking legislation

    As more cities institute bans on public smoking, local governments and programs are standing up to vouch for more legislation in favor of cigarette-free areas. Recently, officials from the Jefferson County Department of Public Health in Alabama applauded the city of Fultondale for issuing a law against public smoking, according to CBS affiliate CBS42.

    In light of the development, the Department of Public Health representatives are now working to make the entire county smoke-free. Their argument is that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke, and cities would be better off health-wise if similar laws were passed.

    "It's a gold standard because it protects everyone," Teri Chafin, Director of Community and Dental Health, Jefferson County Department of Public Health, told the news source. "There are no exemptions for private spaces or private businesses that employ workers so you know you don't have to choose between a paycheck and your health."

    An air purifier can make it safer to breathe in an area with secondhand smoke. A HEPA filter can remove harmful chemicals from the air.

    The IQ Air GC MultiGas Air Purifier is ideal for those who want to breathe easier. It can remove cigarette toxins from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Teddy bears handed out to promote less smoking around kids

    Although most people are aware of the dangers that come with smoking, many fail to consider the repercussions of using cigarettes around children. Napa Valley residents are now banding together in an effort to educate people further on the negative health effects of secondhand smoke.

    Recently, members of the Community Action Napa Valley (CANV) Tobacco Education and Quit Smoking Program created a plan to distribute 500 white teddy bears at child care centers, according to the Napa Valley Register. The stuffed animals are wearing red T-shirts that say, "My bear loves clean air."

    "It's a wonderful time to give families something that's fun," Peggy Klick, director of the CANV Tobacco Education and Quit Smoking Program, told the news source. "If a child is putting this bear on his or her bed, it's a message to the parents, if they smoke, to at least take their smoking outside."

    Air purifiers can remove toxins from the atmosphere that come from cigarette smoke through a HEPA filter. The IQ Air GC MultiGas Air Purifier can eliminate chemicals from up to 900 square feet of space.

    The system has a filter that can remove toxins from the atmosphere, such as methylamine, methyl vinyl ketone and methyl sulfid, which can result in negative health complications when inhaled over time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Minnesota community college goes smoke-free

    Cigarettes can have a negative impact on a smoker's health, but the smoke can be harmful to those around users as well. In an effort to improve the health of individuals on campus, administrators at Riverland Community College in Minnesota have banned smoking around the school, according to ABC affiliate KAAL-TV.

    Terry Leas, the president of Riverland Community College, realized that it was becoming increasingly difficult to push for a healthier lifestyle while allowing smoking across campus. To give everyone peace of mind, Leas moved forward with plans to ban cigarette usage.

    "I think its in the best interest of employees and students," Leas told the news source.

    Cigarette smoke can be especially harmful to individuals who suffer from respiratory ailments such as asthma. Those who may have an adverse reaction to second-hand smoke may want to consider purchasing an air purifier to remove the toxins from the atmosphere.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier is a system that can effectively eliminate harmful cigarette smoke chemicals from the air. With its HyperHEPA filter, the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can get rid of toxic airborne particles, such as vinyl chloride, trimethylamine, trihylamine and trichloroethylene.

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