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  • Millions die due to air pollution each year

    Places all over the world are suffering from poor air quality, and that smog impacts all types of people. The World Health Organization recently released estimates stating that 7 million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012. That accounts for about 1 in 8 total global deaths. 

    Those staggering numbers underscore that air pollution is a major problem facing the world's population. In fact, the WHO claimed it is the single biggest environmental health risk facing the planet today, as it could lead to the onset of strokes, heart disease and cancer. Taking steps to improve the air quality could make a significant difference, potentially saving millions of lives. 

    "Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents noncommunicable diseases as well as reduces disease risks among women and vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly," said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, a WHO assistant director. "Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves." 

    The massive changes required to improve the air quality around the world begin with individual efforts. Embracing environmentally friendly practices is key, but those who want to enhance the air they breathe in the meantime may consider investing in HEPA air purifiers. Products like the IQAir GC MultiGas clear the air of a wide variety of pollutants, which can greatly improve indoor air quality. 

  • Third-hand smoke can cause serious health problems, study shows

    The dangers of second-hand smoke have been well publicized, but what about other forms of the chemical infiltrating the air? According to a new study from the American Chemical Society, there is such a thing as third-hand smoke, and it could be posing a serious health problem to people around the U.S. 

    Third-hand smoke is the leftover smoke that sticks to walls and furniture. While some may simply view this odor as an annoyance, it could actually be a significant threat to personal health - especially to the well-being of children. Young kids may be putting smoke-infused items and toys into their mouths, exposing them to a range of harmful toxins. 

    The ACS found that this third-hand smoke, when mixed with other chemicals and pollutants, could form a carcinogen. Not only is cancer a threat, but the compounds may also lead to genetic mutations. 

    To avoid the problems associated with second- and third-hand smoke, invest in a medical-grade device like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This air cleaner purifier is capable of clearing the air of many common irritants, such as smoke. 

  • Third-hand smoke can cause serious health problems, study shows

    The dangers of second-hand smoke have been well publicized, but what about other forms of the chemical infiltrating the air? According to a new study from the American Chemical Society, there is such a thing as third-hand smoke, and it could be posing a serious health problem to people around the U.S. 

    Third-hand smoke is the leftover smoke that sticks to walls and furniture. While some may simply view this odor as an annoyance, it could actually be a significant threat to personal health - especially to the well-being of children. Young kids may be putting smoke-infused items and toys into their mouths, exposing them to a range of harmful toxins. 

    The ACS found that this third-hand smoke, when mixed with other chemicals and pollutants, could form a carcinogen. Not only is cancer a threat, but the compounds may also lead to genetic mutations. 

    To avoid the problems associated with second- and third-hand smoke, invest in a medical-grade device like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This air cleaner purifier is capable of clearing the air of many common irritants, such as smoke. 

  • Study shows air pollution affects child development

    Parents want to give their kids the best possible opportunities for enjoying a long and healthy life. Sometimes, however, environmental factors can get in the way and inhibit the quality of life of these children. 

    A study of children in China found that air pollution can have an effect on the genetic makeup of kids. Bloomberg reported that the genetic changes may result in a deficiency of learning abilities as the children involved in the study had poorer memory skills and related talents. Some of this may be tied to restricted blood flow to the brain during development, the source noted. 

    Although the subjects of the study were living in an area with extremely poor air quality, the findings underscore the importance of breathing in clean air. 

    Anyone concerned about air pollution will want to ensure they are doing all they can to protect their health. The first step to this is investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of chemicals and particles, making it easier to breathe for people of any age. 

  • Study shows air pollution affects child development

    Parents want to give their kids the best possible opportunities for enjoying a long and healthy life. Sometimes, however, environmental factors can get in the way and inhibit the quality of life of these children. 

    A study of children in China found that air pollution can have an effect on the genetic makeup of kids. Bloomberg reported that the genetic changes may result in a deficiency of learning abilities as the children involved in the study had poorer memory skills and related talents. Some of this may be tied to restricted blood flow to the brain during development, the source noted. 

    Although the subjects of the study were living in an area with extremely poor air quality, the findings underscore the importance of breathing in clean air. 

    Anyone concerned about air pollution will want to ensure they are doing all they can to protect their health. The first step to this is investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of chemicals and particles, making it easier to breathe for people of any age. 

  • Improve the air inside a car and a home

    When most people are attempting to improve the air around them, they focus their efforts on steps like adding a home air purifier to an indoor space or reducing the emissions produced by their vehicles. While investing in a medical-grade device such as the IQAir GC MultiGas is ideal for clearing the air of chemicals, there are some additional steps that will improve the environment. 

    One area drivers will want to pay attention to is their vehicles' air filters. This is a key component of any car, as it cleans the incoming air while removing allergens and similar particles. Most experts know to check and replace this gear regularly, but drivers can easily lose sight of the importance of this step - something that could cause problems in the long run. 

    "A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car than when walking down the street," said Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council. "With allergy season quickly approaching, replacing the cabin air filter is a simple way for you and your passengers to breathe easier while driving." 

    Taking steps to enhance the air indoors is great for the health and well-being of individuals, but the effort does not stop there. By improving the function of a car and its air filter, drivers can ensure they are breathing easier even when they leave the home. 

  • New study examines link between traffic pollution and the heart

    The fact that pollution can have negative health effects is common knowledge. However, not many people are aware of just what traffic-related pollution does to the body and specifically to the heart. 

    According to the study, although a link between traffic-related air pollution and heart issues had been previously established, little research focused on the actual effects of the exposure. The recent report, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Maintenance, further examined the impact of pollution on the organ. 

    After examining nearly 4,000 participants, the study concluded that traffic pollution has a connection to changes in the mass of the heart, especially in the right ventricle. This is in addition to the already-established correlation between pollution and heart disease and heart failure. 

    Because the air pollution stemming from traffic has already proven to have a negative impact on society, individuals should be taking steps to decrease its effect. One way to do this is by investing in a professional-grade device like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This home air purifier can clear the air of many pollutants and chemicals, making for a more comfortable and healthy indoor space. 

  • New study examines link between traffic pollution and the heart

    The fact that pollution can have negative health effects is common knowledge. However, not many people are aware of just what traffic-related pollution does to the body and specifically to the heart. 

    According to the study, although a link between traffic-related air pollution and heart issues had been previously established, little research focused on the actual effects of the exposure. The recent report, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Maintenance, further examined the impact of pollution on the organ. 

    After examining nearly 4,000 participants, the study concluded that traffic pollution has a connection to changes in the mass of the heart, especially in the right ventricle. This is in addition to the already-established correlation between pollution and heart disease and heart failure. 

    Because the air pollution stemming from traffic has already proven to have a negative impact on society, individuals should be taking steps to decrease its effect. One way to do this is by investing in a professional-grade device like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This home air purifier can clear the air of many pollutants and chemicals, making for a more comfortable and healthy indoor space. 

  • New EPA rule may improve air quality

    Air quality in and around cities has been a contentious issue recently, and many organizations are taking steps to improve their emissions to reduce the harm done to the environment. Most recently, the federal government has called for a change that will require sulfur to be removed from gasoline, which in turn will cut back on pollutants and smog from vehicles. 

    According to Bloomberg, this move will enhance the air quality and allow spaces to meet new health standards. While it will be expensive to implement, the benefits may outweigh this cost, especially in areas that are in close proximity to major cities and heavily trafficked areas. 

    "There are going to be significant health benefits for New Jersey and its urban communities, which are particularly hard-hit by asthma cases," Chuck Fineberg, chairman of the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, told NorthJersey.com. 

    Individuals do not have to wait for this rule change to go into effect to begin improving their air quality. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke and chemicals that commonly aggravate people with respiratory issues. This one step can significantly improve the air of an indoor space. 

  • New EPA rule may improve air quality

    Air quality in and around cities has been a contentious issue recently, and many organizations are taking steps to improve their emissions to reduce the harm done to the environment. Most recently, the federal government has called for a change that will require sulfur to be removed from gasoline, which in turn will cut back on pollutants and smog from vehicles. 

    According to Bloomberg, this move will enhance the air quality and allow spaces to meet new health standards. While it will be expensive to implement, the benefits may outweigh this cost, especially in areas that are in close proximity to major cities and heavily trafficked areas. 

    "There are going to be significant health benefits for New Jersey and its urban communities, which are particularly hard-hit by asthma cases," Chuck Fineberg, chairman of the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, told NorthJersey.com. 

    Individuals do not have to wait for this rule change to go into effect to begin improving their air quality. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke and chemicals that commonly aggravate people with respiratory issues. This one step can significantly improve the air of an indoor space. 

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