Gift Shops Hastings NE

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.

Hometown Variety & Crafts
(402) 463-5655
742 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
 
Ellys Gifts
(402) 463-1319
834 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
 
Pats Hallmark
(402) 463-3351
3001 W 12th St # 14
Hastings, NE
 
Great Dames
(402) 463-4339
609 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
 
Re-new Christian Resource Center
(402) 463-5224
303 N Burlington Ave
Hastings, NE
 
Prairie Books & Gifts
(402) 462-6205
641 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
 
Vaughans Printers Inc
(402) 463-7721
222 Eastside Blvd
Hastings, NE
 
Joes Sports Cards-comics
(402) 462-4838
231 N Lincoln Ave
Hastings, NE
 
A Perfect Gift Llc
(402) 462-6060
710 W 16th St
Hastings, NE
 
Bath Bliss Gifts
(402) 463-5802
419 N Briggs Ave
Hastings, NE
 

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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