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1 Mosquito Coil as Harmful as Smoking 100 Cigarettes.
Smoke emitted from one mosquito repellant coil is equivalent to those of 100 cigarettes, thus causing harm to a large number of people. Not many people know about it, but the damage done to your health, especially lungs by one mosquito coil is equivalent to the damage done by 100 cigarettes. This was according to a recent study conducted in Malaysia.
Burning mosquito coil (MC) releases various aromatic compounds like benzo pyrenes, benzo-fluoroethane and particulate matters. These chemicals have the potential to produce harmful effects on airways as demonstrated by histopathological changes in the airways of various animal models. It has been estimated that burning one MC over 8 hours produces particulate matter smoke (as measured as PM2.5) equivalent to around 100 cigarettes.
Dr Ang Ai Tin, a paediatrician of 20 years, warned: 'Mosquito coils are made of substances like coconut husk, sawdust and dyes to keep them burning for up to eight hours. Burning one mosquito coil would release the same amount of smoke as burning 75 to 137 cigarettes.'
The report said the pollutants released by mosquito coils exceed air safety levels.
Dr Ang said: 'Breathing in too much smoke will increase the risk of asthma and cause persistent wheezing in children.'
Unlike cigarettes, mosquito coils do not contain tobacco but harmful chemicals are released from burning them USED IN MANY BUG SPRAYS.
These are formaldehyde, octachlorodipropyl ether and bischloromethyl ether.
The active ingredient in mosquito coils is Pyrethroid insecticides, used in many bug sprays. Pyrethroids are mostly harmless to humans, but Dr Ang said they can irritate the skin and eyes. Some people are allergic to them too.
But it is the other chemicals used in some mosquito coils that cause worry.
For example, formaldehyde affects the nose.
Formaldehyde is a colourless, flammable and strong smelling gas,' said Dr Ang.
Inhaling it could cause watery eyes, throat discomfort, coughing, wheezing, nausea and skin irritation. Also, it can cause nasal or sinus cancer and even leukaemia.
The amount of formaldehyde released from burning one mosquito coil can be as high as smoking 51 cigarettes. Formaldehyde is not an ingredient of mosquito coils but a by-product of burning them.
Octachlorodipropyl ether, better known as S-2, is a pesticide banned by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
When S-2 is burned, releases bischloromethyl ether, a strong and harmful chemical that causes lung cancer.
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Article Source - Times of India
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