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  • Humana chooses to avoid hiring workers who smoke cigarettes

    It's common knowledge that smoking cigarettes can result in a number of negative health complications, but second-hand smoke is no better to those who are exposed to it on a regular basis. In the workplace, many people are exposed to cigarette smoke, and not by choice. Humana, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., recently announced new proactive measures to reduce smoking, according to USA Today.

    The company has announced that it will not hire individuals who smoke. As an insurance business, Humana representatives say that the move only makes sense. State laws do not prohibit companies from establishing these types of policies.

    "Humana is dedicated to helping our employees take charge of their own health," Charles Cox, Humana vice president and market medical officer for Arizona, Nevada and Utah, told the news source.

    Individuals who suffer from health complications or simply do not want to inhale smoke may want to use the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier. This system is has a 99 percent efficiency rate and can remove harmful chemicals, such as ethanol, hydrogen chloride and ozone. It can be especially beneficial for individuals who are living with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

  • Smokers in Arkansas limited when using cigarettes in cars

    Smoking cigarettes is known to cause a slew of negative health complications, but inhaling second-hand some can come with consequences as well. In an effort to reduce the effect it has on children, a new law has passed in Arkansas to prevent smokers from using cigarettes in a car with kids, according to ABC affiliate KAIT-8.

    The law specifically states that individuals may not operate a motor vehicle and smoke with a child under the age of 14 in the car. The goal is to not only reduce second-hand smoke exposure among children, but to encourage others to quit.

    "I think people pretty much know not to smoke around kids that small. You know it's just common sense," Sergeant Mark Walker with the Paragould Police Department told the news source.

    Individuals who are interested in keeping children away from cigarette smoke and wish to breathe easier may want to consider purchasing the IQ Air GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier. This system contains a HyperHEPA filter that can remove ultrafine particles from up to 900 square feet of space.

    The IQ Air GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier is also effective in eliminating chemicals, such as isoprene, ethanol and hydrogen chloride, from the atmosphere.

  • Hot, dry air may be trapping air pollution at ground-level

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently announced an ozone alert across the region due to high levels of air pollution, according to The York Daily Record.

    Smog may cause health complications not only for those with respiratory ailments, but for individuals with allergies as well. Particles such as toxins from exhaust and carbon emissions can stay trapped at ground-level due to the heat. A lack of rain can also cause pollen and mold spores to stick around for longer during bouts of dry weather.

    Small children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to health complications during high levels of air pollution.

    "No heavy exercise," Ann de Bien, a nurse practitioner with Asthma and Allergy Consultants, told the news source. "You can wear a mask, but that's pretty cumbersome."

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system is an air purifier that can benefit individuals who are having breathing complications as a result of the smog. Its HyperHEPA filter can remove particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, such as pollen and cigarette smoke. The IQ HealthPro Plus can also reduce the risk of illness by removing airborne bacteria from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Wildfire smoke causing problems for individuals with asthma

    A number of regions across the country have fallen victim to wildfires, and Florida is one of them. As a result, individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions are feeling the pressure from wildfire smoke, according to The Independent Florida Alligator.

    Approximately 10 percent of the population in the U.S. lives with asthma, which can be aggravated as a result of smoke and smog. Asthma attacks in patients are more common as direct result of smoke and can require medical attention.

    "Anybody who has intrinsic lung disease could be affected," Dr. Mark Brantly from Shands HealthCare at the University of Florida told the news source. "These individuals have a hypersensitivity to stimuli."

    Staying indoors is one option, but individuals may still suffer from inhaling ultrafine particles that make their way into the home. An air purifier is one way to remove pollution from the atmosphere and make it easier to breathe.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus is a system that contains a HyperHEPA filter, designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. It can be especially helpful for individuals living with asthma or allergies.

  • Regular inhalation of smog may cause depression in individuals

    It is common knowledge that smog has negative health effects, but more researchers are warning that there may be a direct effect on cognitive abilities. Recently, experts determined that air pollution can have a damaging impact on the brain and even result in depression.

    The study, which was published in Molecular Psychiatry, is one of the first to examine how smog affects the brain. Previously, experts had conducted studies on how pollution impacts the lungs and heart.

    A group of mice were exposed to air pollution for five days a week throughout the course of 10 months. After this time period, tests found that they showed more depressive-like behaviors as a result of the smog.

    Individuals who want to remove smog from their homes may want to purchase the IQ HealthPro Plus. The system can remove microns smaller than 0.3 microns in size from the air with its HyperHEPA filter, making it easier to breathe.

    If cigarette smoke is a constant problem, the IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor air purifier is a must. This system can remove chemicals, such as acrolein, acetone and acetic acid, from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Ohio commission fails to properly issue ozone alerts

    Ozone alerts are issued in regions where smog levels are considered to be dangerous to breathe, but new research shows that warnings have been issued needlessly in Ohio several times already this year.

    Since January 2010, 15 ozone alerts have been issued for central Ohio, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Out of these warnings, 12 of them were false alarms. Although it seems better to be safe than sorry, inaccuracy spans across the board.

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has failed to issue ozone alerts on 12 days when the air pollution levels were hazardous. In 2009, the commission only had a 25 percent success rate when it came to establishing alerts.

    Individuals who want to breathe easier on a regular basis may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove particles that can irritate the lungs and cause complications for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that is designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. This is ideal for individuals who suffer from allergies and want to remove irritants from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Ozone alert issued for numerous South Carolina counties

    With summer comes sweltering heat, and this warm weather is notorious for trapping pollution at ground-level. Recently, an ozone alert was issued on June 20 for York, Chester and Lancaster counties in South Carolina. This comes after a heat wave entered the region, resulting in temperatures close to 100 degrees, according to the Herald Online.

    "When ozone levels are elevated, active children and adults as well as people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion," Myra Reece, chief of the Department of Health and Environmental Control bureau of air quality, told the news source.

    During ozone alerts, the level of air pollution is considered hazardous to breathe, especially for children and elderly adults. Individuals are encouraged to postpone outdoor activities until the warning is lifted.

    Air purifiers that include a HEPA filter can make it easier for individuals to breathe at home. They can be especially helpful for those suffering from respiratory conditions.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can remove irritating particles from up to 900 square feet with its HyperHEPA filter. The device eliminates everything from dust to pollen in living spaces.

  • Arizona mulling over the idea of lowering carbon emissions standards

    Arizona has some of the toughest car emissions legislation currently in place, but this may soon change if legislators choose to reduce existing laws to national standards. Recently, lawmakers discussed lowering carbon emissions regulations originally set by governor Janet Napolitano through the Clean Car Program, according to the East Valley Tribune.

    The Clean Car Program was created because Arizona has poor air quality compared to other regions of the country. The American Lung Association gave several Arizona counties an F ranking in its State of the Air report.

    "This program helps to ensure cleaner vehicles, which means less air pollution," Diane Brown, executive director of Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, told the news source. "It also reduces asthma attacks and other adverse health problems."

    But if some legislators get their way, those standards could soon be relaxed - increasing pollution in many areas of the state. Individuals who live in a polluted area may want to consider purchasing an air purifier to remove smog from living spaces through a HEPA filter.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can also be beneficial to those who want to breathe easier. Its HyperHEPA filter can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Ozone alert issued in Florida as a result of wildfires

    Fires are not only damaging on ground level, but in the atmosphere as well. Recently, a slew of wildfires has created hazardous air pollution in many regions of the country. Florida is not exempt from the blazes, which prompted environmental officials to issue an ozone alert in Hillsborough County, according to WTSP-TV.

    According to the administrators who announced the alert, wildfires made the air unsafe to breathe on June 16 and 17. Individuals with respiratory ailments were advised to stay indoors, along with elderly adults and young children.

    When an ozone alert is in effect, individuals are encouraged to postpone their outdoor activities until the warning is lifted. Commuters are also advised to carpool or use public transportation to reduce carbon emissions.

    Individuals who want to remove the pollution from their living spaces may want to use an air purifier. A HEPA filter can eliminate irritating particles from the air and make it easier to breathe.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is an excellent option for those who want to remove air pollution. Its HyperHEPA filter can clear up to 900 square feet of space and eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

  • California legislators attempt to cut reliance on cars

    California has state laws in place that require the region to lower greenhouse gases to 1990 levels within the next nine years, but lawmakers fear that this will not happen without a more forceful effort. In an attempt to reduce carbon emissions sooner than later, legislators are turning to a primary cause of air pollution: cars.

    Air Resources board chair, Mary Nichols, says that automobiles create 40 percent of the pollution in California, according to Reuters. Reducing the number of cars on the road can help the state reach its goal of lowering carbon emissions by 2020.

    "Most important for Californians, from an air quality perspective, is still the cars," Nichols told the news source. "After all these years, it's still the cars."

    Individuals who want to breathe easier in their own homes can purchase an air purifier to find relief from the pollution. HEPA filters can remove irritants from the atmosphere such as dust, cigarette smoke and pollen.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It can be especially helpful for individuals living with allergies, asthma or working in urban areas with high concentrations of pollution.

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