We all know that cigarettes are bad and that smoking in your house can cause indoor air problems. But are you familiar with exactly how cigarette smoke affects your home’s air quality? Let’s take an in-depth look:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) (aka secondhand smoke) “is the mixture of smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and smoke exhaled by the smoker.” It’s made up of more than 4,000 compounds, some of which are known to cause cancer.
When smoke enters your HVAC system, it’s then distributed throughout your house. The California Department of Public Health warns that ventilation systems cannot protect family members from the toxic effects of secondhand smoke. The U.S. Surgeon General found that the gases and particles found in secondhand smoke are not removed by HVAC systems.
Furthermore, the National Center for Biotechnology Information asserts that HVAC systems can actually increase the risk of exposures. This is because they distribute pollutants throughout a building. ETS can lead to the buildup of nicotine inside of cutwork, resulting in a sticky residue that catches other irritants.
More generally speaking, cigarette smoke can make a home smell bad and discolor walls, flooring and furniture. For more information on how cigarette smoke affects your home’s air quality, call EnviroGreen Boston at (844) 775-7700 today. Get more tips by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and adding us to your circles on Google+.