Gift Shops Rutland VT

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.

Rutland Pharmacy The Wellness Store
(802) 775-2545
75 Allen St
Rutland, VT
 
Rocking Horse Country Store
(802) 773-7882
1307 Us Route 4 E
Rutland, VT
 
Party The Store
(802) 773-3155
129 Strongs Ave
Rutland, VT
 
Marcias Hallmark
(802) 775-3534
670 Diamond Run Mall
Rutland, VT
 
Things Remembered
(802) 863-1564
825 Us Route 7 S
Rutland, VT
 
Seward Family Restaurant & Ice Cream
(802) 773-2738
224 N Main St
Rutland, VT
 
Quik Print
(802) 775-1029
194 Seward Rd
Rutland, VT
 
Rutland Collectibles
(802) 747-3344
817 Us Route 7 S
Rutland, VT
 
Mendon Country Store
(802) 773-4025
39 Us Route 4
Rutland, VT
 
All My Mothers Treasures
(802) 773-5371
269 N Main St
Rutland, VT
 

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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