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  • 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.

  • 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.

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