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  • 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.

  • Sporting groups encourage Congress to maintain Clean Air standards

    As air pollution continues to remain a problem across the country, more environmental enthusiasts are doing their part to prevent Clean Air legislation from falling out of favor. Recently, more than 330 sporting groups gathered to propose their stance to Congress, according to the Independent Record.

    Approximately 30 of these groups were from Montana. The objective was to urge Congress to steer away from lowering carbon emissions standards, which can result in higher amounts of pollution.

    "There's nothing hard and fast coming up in Congress, but what happened this spring was it was attached as riders; at the last minute they stick things on bills, without any hearings or public processes," Dave Dittloff, representative from the National Wildlife Federation, told the news source.

    Individuals who want to breathe easier may want to consider purchasing an air purifier to remove irritants from their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that can trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size for up to 900 square feet. This can be beneficial for individuals suffering from allergies and respiratory ailments such as asthma.

  • Heat wave leaves Maryland residents gasping for clean air

    Air pollution is a common problem in many cities across the country, but stifling heat can often trap smog and make it more difficult to breathe. Recently, Maryland was struck with a heat wave that left individuals gasping for air, according to the Baltimore Sun. Those with respiratory conditions were especially vulnerable to complications as a result of the lingering smog.

    In an effort to reduce the effects of air pollution, environmental experts have been recommending a reduction of the use of carbon emission vehicles and appliances. Using power mowers and painting on days with high ozone levels can make it more difficult to breathe.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma can benefit from air purifiers as well. These devices are designed to remove irritating particles from the air, including pollen, dust and cigarette smoke.

    Those who want to dramatically improve the air quality in their homes may want to purchase the IQAir HealthPro Plus. Its HyperHEPA filter can trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, making it easier to breathe. The air purifier can remove irritants from up to 900 square feet.

  • Chattanooga receives EPA approval for clean air

    It can be difficult for a city to clean up its act after years of producing air pollution, but Chattanooga, Tennessee, was recently commended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts. The EPA says that the city now officially meets smog standards, meaning citizens are safe to breathe the air. This is significant for the Tennessee hub, which is home to more than 520,000 people.

    "We commend local and state officials, as well as the residents of the Chattanooga area, who have been working collaboratively with us to reach this milestone," said Gwen Keyes Fleming, EPA Regional Administrator. "This accomplishment signifies that the citizens of Chattanooga are breathing cleaner air and leading healthier lives."

    Smog is not only unsightly, but it can cause a number of health problems and pose a threat to those suffering from respiratory conditions. Air purifiers are one solution that many have turned to in order to cope with high levels of pollution.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has helped many people remove harmful particles from the air. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, ranging from pollen to cigarette smoke.

  • Code Orange alert issued for Atlanta due to smog

    Atlanta is not only known for its lively southern culture, but for its air pollution as well. Although it is not something to be proud of, residents and legislators alike are conscious of the smog that engulfs the city on a regular basis.

    Recently, a Code Orange alert was issued for the ozone forecast in Atlanta after nearly surpassing regulations, according to The Weekly. On May 12, the city recorded its third ozone violation of the year. As the warm weather continues to roll into the region, environmental and health officials stress that smog control is going to be more crucial than ever.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions, children and the elderly are at risk of developing health complications as a result of smog. Atlanta is just one of many cities across the U.S. struggling to control air pollution.

    Air purifiers can help remove pollution and irritating particles from living spaces. The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size within 900 square feet of space. It can be beneficial for individuals with respiratory complications and those who just want to breathe a little easier.

  • Montana residents support EPA regulations for pollution

    Air pollution has long been known to cause a number of health complications and even increase the mortality rate among individuals exposed to toxic chemicals for extended periods of time. However, residents in the Billings, Montana, area have been lucky enough to avoid these complications, thanks to the Clean Air Act.

    Recently, a petroleum and manufacturing industry conglomerate has been pushing Montana legislators to loosen Clean Air Act regulations, claiming that they hurt the economy. However, experts say that the act has saved billions of dollars in healthcare costs that would be related to dangerous respiratory conditions, according to the Billings Gazette.

    A survey conducted by the State of the Rockies Project found that 62 percent of Montana voters support Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

    Individuals living with a respiratory condition in a polluted area may want to consider purchasing an air purifier to help them breathe easier in their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can help remove air pollutants from up to 900 square feet with its HyperHEPA filter. The air purifier is designed to trap particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, ranging from pollen to cigarette smoke. This may help prevent allergic reactions and future asthma attacks.

  • Clean Air Transport Rule could cut down on dangerous emissions

    Air pollution has been a concern for decades, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finished drafting a set of regulations to reduce smog as a result of coal power plants. If the White House approves of the new rules, coal plants in Eastern states that exceed the maximum concentration of air contaminants will be required to install new pollution controls, according to The New York Times.

    The White House is expected to announce its decision by June. The regulations, also known as the Clean Air Transport Rule, could dramatically reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. Nitrogen oxides are specifically dangerous because they cause disruptions in the ozone layer that result in ground-level smog.

    Air pollution can negatively affect individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma. However, clean air regulations are helping more people breathe easier across the country.

    An air purifier can help remove dangerous toxins from your home atmosphere. The IQAir HealthPro Plus can trap irritating ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

    With this air purifier, homeowners can remove everything from cigarette smoke to pollen from up to 900 square feet. The IQAir HealthPro Plus can be especially beneficial to those who are living with asthma.

  • Wisconsin celebrates Clean Air Month in May

    Many people take clean air for granted, but legislators in Wisconsin recently celebrated Clean Air Month to raise awareness of the benefits. Officials across the state have begun recognizing the month, which was designated as May, in an effort to make residents more conscious of their carbon footprints.

    Wisconsin has seen an admirable amount of success since the Clean Air Act was amended in 1990, according to the Ashland Current. All 11 southeastern Wisconsin counties now meet the one-hour ozone level standard created by the federal government.

    "Cleaner air is a tremendous benefit to families, businesses and government," Cathy Stepp, Department of Natural Resources Secretary, told the news source. "Our clean air and water are one of the reasons businesses and families want to be in Wisconsin and an important component of the high quality of life we enjoy here."

    Individuals who want to keep their living spaces pollution-free may want to consider purchasing an air purifier, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter designed to trap particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. This includes dust, pollen and pet dander, all of which can cause allergic reactions.

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