Gift Shops Raleigh NC

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.

Garden Of Envy
(919) 833-4401
2012 Fairview Rd
Raleigh, NC
 
Landmark Printing Inc
(919) 833-5151
901 Hodges St
Raleigh, NC
 
Eclectic Garden
(919) 821-0363
1932 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC
 
King Frances T Stationery
(919) 821-5708
2010 Cameron St
Raleigh, NC
 
Ten Thousand Villages
(919) 821-1100
435 Woodburn Rd
Raleigh, NC
 
Nofo At The Pig
(919) 821-1240
2014 Fairview Rd
Raleigh, NC
 
Gingers Gallery & Gifts
(919) 834-6503
1213 Weldon Place
Raleigh, NC
 
Lavender And Lace
(919) 828-6007
2031 Cameron St
Raleigh, NC
 
Seagrove Pottery
(919) 831-9696
443 Daniels St
Raleigh, NC
 
Party Shop
(919) 828-4053
2030 Clark Ave
Raleigh, NC
 

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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