Monday, August 14, 2006

Air fresheners and lung damage

Want to give your room that fresh, clean smell? You might want to consider simply opening a window instead of using an air freshener containing 1,4-dichlorobenzene:

For years, scientists have suspected that a chemical in many household deodorizing products may cause short-term lung problems — and possibly worse. Now it appears that those concerns are probably valid. In a study published this month, scientists at the National Institutes of Health say they found that people with relatively high blood concentrations of the substance — 1,4-dichlorobenzene, an organic chemical — show signs of slightly reduced lung function. The chemical is also in mothballs, tobacco smoke and toilet deodorizers.

You can read the full study here.

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