Smoke in the home — whether from cigarette or cigar smoke, or from wildfires — can be damaging to anyone's health. A good air purifier can remove the harmful particles in the house and create a better environment. Let's first take a look at the different kinds of smoke and how they can be harmful.
Cigarette and Cigar Smoke
In the case of tobacco, it's an issue that's less prevalent than it was some 40 years ago, when a trip to a local
restaurant or bar would expose a person to secondhand smoke, yet it's still an issue.
Even if you're not exposed to secondhand smoke — that is, being in the vicinity of someone who's smoking and inhaling those fumes — you may be exposed to thirdhand smoke. These are the residual chemicals lingering in the air or on surfaces after a person smokes.
Thirdhand smoke is increasingly being linked to cancer and even DNA damage. What's more, researchers have found that thirdhand smoke can react with other chemicals in the air to create new harmful substances.
Thirdhand smoke is also very resilient. It clings to surfaces and often withstands traditional cleaning, so that even if an environment seems clean, it may be filled with harmful carcinogens and other unhealthy substances.
In a study by Giovanni Invernizzi of the Tobacco Control Unit of Italy's National Cancer Institute, Researchers compared the particulate matter from the exhaust fumes of a car engine, fueled with low-Sulphur diesel, verses cigarette smoke. Three cigarettes produced a 10-fold increase in air particles compared to those produced by the idling vehicle. This can especially concerning if someone smokes more than 3 cigarettes per day.
The thick smoke that comes from wildfires can create fine particles that linger in the air and penetrate deep into a person's lungs. It can also create issues with the nose and eyes, as those are both exposed to the particles in the air.
Tiny particles from wildfire smoke can make their way into the lungs and eventually work their way into the bloodstream, causing chest pain as well as lung and heart problems. Those with heart issues and lung problems like asthma are especially vulnerable, as are children, who inhale more air per body mass than adults. Remediating wildfire smoke from the house is a necessity to ensure a healthy living environment.
Air Purifiers to Remove Smoke Particles
While you can't control the smoke particles that are outdoors from wildfires or tobacco, you can control theenvironment in your home or office, where you spend the most time. Many air purifiers only work to remove dust
articles from the air leaving the fine particles from smoke lingering in your house.
Air Health's SKYE Air Purifier is the best option for removing smoke particles. It offers a five-stage purification process that removes 99.97% of particles from 0.3 to 0.1 microns. The pre-filter captures larger particles like dust, dirt and hair while the activated charcoal filter removes gases and odors. The medical-grade HEPA filter captures those micro irritants like those harmful thirdhand and wild fire smoke particles. Pro-cell technology removes chemical odors, and the UV-C light reduces bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi.
As you can see, the SKYE Air Purifier is a thorough and effective way to not only reduce secondhand and thirdhand smoke chemicals, but make your home or office a healthier place to be. Order yours today!
Other Ways to Reduce Smoke Particles
Air purifiers are the first step to reducing harmful smoke particles in indoor environments. Here are 5 additional ways you might also want to do the following:
- Wash and scrub walls from ceiling to floor to reduce lingering smoke. You may be surprised at how much cleaner they look after that yellow residue is gone. Vinegar and baking soda are great cleaners for hard surfaces.
- Shampoo carpets. Carpets and rugs can trap smoke particles, and a good cleaning can help reduce those odors and particles.
- Wash or replace windows and blinds, which also trap smoke particles.
- Have AC vents professionally cleaned.
- Shampoo or clean furniture on a regular basis.