Tobacco smoke has been found to cause significant health problems not just for smokers but also for those around them with second hand smoke. Second hand smoke has been found to contain more than 4,000 toxins with more than 60 of these being known or suspected of causing cancer of various types. Second hand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” and contains arsenic, cadmium, carbon monoxide, and ammonia.
What is in Second Hand Smoke?
Second hand smoke is made up of two types of smoke: 1 – Mainstream smoke, and 2 – Sidestream smoke. The difference in the two types of smoke is that mainstream smoke is that which is exhaled by the smoker where sidestream smoke is that which is emitted from the end of a lighted cigar, cigarette, or pipe.
What are the Effects of Second Hand Smoke?
Second Hand smoke has had a large impact on society with more than 30,000 deaths being attributed to it from heart disease in family members of smokers. Studies released by the Surgeon General indicate that there is not a “risk-free” level of exposure to either variant of second hand smoke. When you expose your children to smoking, you greatly increase their risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sinus Infections, Middle Ear Infections, Bronchitis, Asthma, and pneumonia.
How Do you Protect Yourself Against the Dangers of Second Hand Smoke?
If one of your family members smokes and will not consider stop smoking, you can take action to help make your home environment more safe to live in by using a high quality smoke eater or residential air cleaner. Not only will you eliminate the dangers of second hand smoke in your home, but some of the air purifiers that you can purchase will use activated carbon to remove the smoke smell from the air as well. When you are looking at purchasing a smoke eater, you should focus on models that have a high throughput or “CFM” in order to change out the air in your home as often as possible when other adults are smoking. This will result in having cleaner air that smells good in your home instead of stale cigarette smoke that may cause cancer.
Finding the Right Smoke Eater
If you have made the choice to pursue purchasing a Smoke Eater for use in your home, seeking advice from an expert on the proper sizing of the device is critical. If you under-size your smoke eater purchase it will not satisfactorily clean the air in your home. If, on the other hand, you buy a smoke eater with too much capacity, then you will be living in a healthier environment, but will have spend too much money on the product.