Indoor pollution from cigarette smoke

Indoor pollution from cigarette smoke

Indoor pollution from cigarette smoke: consequences on human health and impact on the environment. How to eliminate cigarette smoke in the home.

On this page we will analyze how to manage indoor cigarette smoke pollution and what consequences there are on human health, risks and damage to the respiratory system even for those who do not smoke but live in a housepolluted from tobacco. For environmental damage and the consequences on air, soil and water pollution caused bycigarette smokewe invite you to read the pageCigarette smoke pollution. In the article just mentioned (cigarette smoke pollution) we have listed all the carcinogenic and polluting compounds released with thecigarette smoke.

Indoor pollution from cigarette smoke

The problem ofindoor pollutionis linked to the large exposure of man to this environment: it is estimated that Italian families spend almost all of their time (about 90%) inside buildings such as homes and offices. If these environments were to be contaminated by different sources of pollution, the consequences on human health would be manifold.

Among the main sources ofindoor pollutionfigure thecigarette smoke.

Tobacco smoke is generally divided intoactive smokingispassive smoke, in the latter case to be involved are theNon-Smoking. It is estimated that, in the home environment, non-smokers inhale the chemical compounds equivalent to about 3 cigarettes daily. Although for theNon-Smokingthe risks of contracting diseases are lower, it must be said that cumulative exposure affects a large population: 65% of non-smokers are at risk.

Risks to health

For the risks related toindoor pollution from cigarette smokethere is a "dose - response" effect, so the greater the amount of exposure, the higher the risk of contracting diseases.

The problem ofindoor pollution from cigarette smokeit should not be underestimated: at home cigarette smoke can create concentrations of fine dust very high, up to 100 times higher than the legal limits allowed for the external environment.

With cigarette smoke, in the home they get rid ofpolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds, a category of very toxic chemical compounds consisting of multiple aromatic rings.

For the IARC (International Agency For Research on Cancer, International Center for Cancer Research), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (abbreviated with the acronym IPA) are classified in group 1 of the elementscarcinogenic to humans.

The categories most at risk are children, adolescents, the elderly and pregnant women. Children spend most of their time confined to the home.

Cigarette smoke in the house, how to eliminate it

If you want to eliminate all traces of cigarette smoke, from the smell to pollutants ...just don't smoke!If there is a smoker in the house, advise him to refer the problem to his general practitioner and report our help article"How to quit smoking".If you cannot access such a drastic solution, theindoor pollution from cigarette smokeit can be eliminated with two different strategies:

Air recycling

The air exchange significantly lowers the amount of any pollutant present in the home, including fine dust and other substances released by cigarette smoke. Those who care about the quality of the air at home can take advantage of a system ofmechanical ventilation with heat recovery and filtering system. In this context, ducts must be implanted with a ventilation system that conveys the polluted air out of the house while allowing the entry of clean and adequately filtered air.

Air purifiers

To protect the home from sources ofindoor pollution, buy thecigarette smoke, we advise you to read the article dedicated to remedies forpurify the air of the house. There are several systems on the market to purify the air, even very cheap.

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