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.