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Second hand smoke not the only bad guy

by marinetbryant / August 14, 2006 2:58 AM PDT

Conclusions: Exposure to 1,4-DCB, a VOC related to the use of air fresheners, toilet bowl deodorants, and mothballs, at levels found in the U.S. general population, may result in reduced pulmonary function. This common exposure may have long-term adverse effects on respiratory health.


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Maybe this explains ...
by Evie / August 14, 2006 3:02 AM PDT

... that while fewer kids are subjected to second hand smoke (even many of the heavy smokers I know often don't smoke in their own homes or around their kids) there has been an INCREASE in asthma and other respiratory ailments.

Just the other day we passed through the "air freshener" aisle en route to the laundry detergent section, and my hubby commented "don't we have enough of these things already?". We are so used to "conditioned air" and super-duper airtight insulated homes, we forget that opening the windows every now and then is the best air freshener of all!

Evie Happy

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I sure don't want to open the windows in a Galveston summer,
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / August 14, 2006 3:12 AM PDT

Evie (heat index still almost 100 today) -- and with global warming, that's increasingly the case a lot further north than here! Furthermore, few modern houses in warm climes are designed for cross-ventialation via window Sad

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Dave ...
by Evie / August 14, 2006 4:14 AM PDT

... I'm not disputing a reluctance to open windows when it's very hot or very cold -- especially with the cost of energy these days. But there's little doubt that most of the products these days used to "freshen" stale air only serve to pollute it more. During our recent heat wave, there was little to be gained by opening the windows late at night as it didn't cool down. But even though the "fresh" air can hit you like a ton of bricks when it's hot and humid, there is still no substitute for it.

All I know is that when I was growing up, far more parents smoked around their kids and in their homes than now do. And yet second hand smoke is still blamed for asthma in a way that makes no logical sense. If it were the prime cause, then rates should have declined remarkably by now.

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It's interesting how you can slip global warming into a
by Kiddpeat / August 14, 2006 5:07 AM PDT

discussion of air fresheners DK. I get a mental image of you hunkering behind closed doors and windows lest the global warming monster get inside your house.

Another example of a theory that can accomodate anything with endless elasticity.

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He might just melt ;-)
by Evie / August 14, 2006 5:45 AM PDT

When it comes to policization of science, there is no greater example than the debate over second hand smoke. While I am borderline allergic to the stuff, I think it's been WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY overblown being blamed for all sorts of things. More evidence exists that SOME exposure to ETS actually helps build up immunity to certain allergens than does to support the distorted logic that reduced exposure is responsible for increased asthma rates!

Evie Happy

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