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Study: Chemicals in cleaning supplies may cause health problems equal to heavy smoking

This news story was published on February 19, 2018.
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NORWAY – A study by Norwegian scientists implies that regular use of chemical cleaning agents might have a devastating effect on human health, possibly to the tune of heavy smoking over years.

Researchers involved in the study say that it is known that cleaning tasks may imply exposure to chemical agents with potential harmful effects to the respiratory system. Further, increased risk of asthma and respiratory symptoms among professional cleaners and in persons cleaning at home is reasonably well documented.

This study also suggests that long-term respiratory health is impaired 10-20 years after cleaning activities. The scientists found accelerated lung function decline in women both following occupational cleaning and cleaning at home. The damage was comparable to to 10-20 pack-years of tobacco smoking (about a pack a day).

The study population included 6,230 participants with a mean age of 34 years. Fifty-three percent of the participants were women. The prevalence of asthma confirmed by a doctor increased from the first to the second study wave.

Findings in the study show that women who had either cleaned at home or worked as professional cleaners had accelerated health decline as compared to women not regularly engaged in cleaning activities. Furthermore, compared to women not engaged in
cleaning activities, women who used sprays or other cleaning agents at least one time per week had significantly accelerated health decline while women who used other cleaning products at least one time per week had increased health decline. No association between lung function and cleaning was seen for males, however.

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4 Responses to Study: Chemicals in cleaning supplies may cause health problems equal to heavy smoking

  1. ‘Nonymus Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 8:05 am

    As time goes on, they’ll find that there are a lot of things we’ve been exposed to that were more harmful than cigarette smoke!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 7:10 am

    My God, don’t tell them that. They will want to smoke this crap now.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 2:50 am

    As does cosmetics. So, second hand smoke is really a petty law. There are bigger fish to fry when it comes to warning labels.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 21, 2018 at 8:20 am

      You are right except for the obnoxious smell and the smoke that will give you cancer. Anything that hurts to breathe is not good for you.