Indoor Smoke is Dangerous for your Health


Mitzi Ilagan |

Isn’t it safe to say that the air that we breathe indoors is cleaner than the open air? This might be the notion of many but unknown to most people, the air inside your house may be as polluted as the one outside. That’s why indoor smoke is dangerous for your health.

No matter how hard you try to wipe all the table and cabinet tops and sweep the floor, there are still tiny particles at different parts of your home. There may also be instances that you keep everything clean, but you still do activities that make the indoor air filthy, such smoking and having no proper ventilation especially when cooking.

When you smoke indoors, it’s basically like putting your family members into danger for exposing them to secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the smoke involuntarily inhaled from cigarette ends that you smoke. On the other hand, thirdhand smoke refers to the residue and toxic particles from cigarette smoke that settles on indoor surfaces which could mix with indoor pollutants and could possibly be inhaled and could even lead to illnesses.

Cigarette smoke contains certain chemicals which cling to the different parts and materials inside the house, such as on clothes, curtains, walls, furniture and even electronic devices. Nicotine stains could likely discolor walls and embed into wooden furniture. Smoke and its particles could stick to computers, electrical outlets and electrical equipment’s processors and its inner machines which can minimize its capacity to work. The effects of smoking plus the dust in household material could not be seen in a matter of days, but over time, a family could really be affected if this wouldn’t be prevented or solved. The thirdhand smoke could pose potential health hazard which may be carcinogenic to those who might inhale and ingest it because it contains nicotine and chemicals used in the household.

When cooking inside the house, allergens could also show up. Allergens are substances that trigger allergic reactions. Especially if using stove-tops, vents should be used to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Smoke from cooking which stays indoors may cause reactions with chemicals used inside the house. Also, crumbs and food traces will always be present in the kitchen and even in the dining room, especially if those aren’t maintained well.

How to Prevent Indoor Pollution from Smoke

Every home is at risk of all these pollutants that may affect every member of the family. One could not easily control all of the dirt inside but one may do things to lessen and prevent it. One thing that you need to do is have proper maintenance and hygiene on all sides of your house. Regular cleaning is highly suggested. It may not be enough to wipe household tops which you see are dirty, because they might be dirt and pollutants that you could not see with the naked eye. You could use a vacuum cleaner with a good filter to remove small particles even on the narrowest corner like the Rainbow Cleaning System. The Rainbow vacuum uses water to trap dirt and odors and can also purify the air within your home. Unlike other vacuums, Rainbow uses high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which does not returns particles and dust back in the air. It also has a powerful revolving brush which absorbs crumbs, dust and even pet hair even on the hard-to-reach areas.

Though researches say that one could not easily control the family’s exposure to smoke and dirt, it is only in our hands if we would like to do something about it. Sometimes, we ourselves put our health into danger, though unintentionally because we don’t know much about it but when we do, we don’t do anything to lessen the risk. So, why not start change now?

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