Cleaning sprays can damage lungs like regular smoking


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Web Desk: A research at the University of Bergen in Norway revealed that spray can cause a decline in lung function comparable to the damage seen in regular smokers.

The study analyzed data from 6,235 participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey, the participants were followed for more than 20 years.

Professor, Cecile Svanes quoted, “While the short-term effects of cleaning chemicals on asthma are becoming increasingly well documented, we lack knowledge of the long-term impact.”

“We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age,” he added.

Study also revealed that the accelerated lungs function decline in the women working as cleaners was ‘comparable to smoking somewhat less than 20 pack-years.’

It also found that asthma was more prevalent in women who cleaned at home (12.3) or at work (13.7 per cent) compared to those who did not clean (9.6 per cent).

Oistein Svanes said, “The take home message of this study is that in the long run cleaning chemicals very likely cause rather substantial damage to your lungs.”

“These chemicals are usually unnecessary; microfiber cloths and water are more than enough for most purposes,” he added.

Source: Deccanchronicle