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Burning lots of candles or incense in a small, poorly ventilated area can irritate airways or even aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma, because they emit tiny particles that can pollute indoor air. Read on for a solution.

Baskets Galore
(219) 884-1600
4949 Rhode Island St
Gary, IN
 
Brendas Florist & Accessories
(219) 887-1688
4487 Broadway
Gary, IN
 
Heinis Hummel Haus
(219) 980-3228
3870 Chase St
Gary, IN
 
Union Florist
(219) 944-7100
1520 Grant St
Gary, IN
 
Carmens Unique Creations
(219) 980-3855
4623 Tyler St
Gary, IN
 
Bible Book Cntr
(219) 884-5377
3885 Broadway
Gary, IN
 
Vs Chnells Balloons & Gifts
(219) 881-7772
708 Grant St
Gary, IN
 
Beautiful Things Gallery
(219) 985-8256
3570 Village Ct
Gary, IN
 
Rosies Gift Gallery
(219) 985-1777
4577 Garfield St
Gary, IN
 
Allens Florists
(219) 949-6934
2971 W 11th Ave
Gary, IN
 

Housecalls—Candle Pollution

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A Burning Problem?
Q Is the smoke from candles and incense dangerous?

A
The answer is slightly hazy: It depends on how you use them. Luckily, the biggest health hazard—lead exposure from candles—was snuffed out in October, when a ban on lead wicks took effect.

Even so, burning lots of candles or incense in a small, poorly ventilated area can irritate airways or even aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma, because they emit tiny particles that can pollute indoor air. Incense smoke also contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, some of which are potentially carcinogenic.

Still, several large studies of populations in Asia that routinely burn incense have found no link between incense and cancer rates. And for most of us, moderate use in a well-ventilated area shouldn’t be a problem, says Clayton Cowl, a pulmonary physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

But your candles will burn cleaner if you keep the wicks trimmed to about a quarter inch. To reduce particles from incense, try burning it beneath the ventilation hood on your stove. Or for a smoke-free scent, put a few drops of essential oil into a diffuser or a pot of boiling water.

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