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Cleaning Sprays Can Affect Lung Health In Women
Cleaning sprays can be as harmful as heavy smoking for women's lungs (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 243)
Feb 20, 2018 Style & Living

Regular use of cleaning sprays can hurt a woman's lungs as badly as smoking 20 cigarettes a day, according to a new study by scientists in Norway.

After tracking 6,235 participants who used such products for 20 years, the team found lung function decline in women who regularly used cleaning products, suggesting that exposure related to cleaning activities may "constitute a risk of long-term respiratory health. "

"While the short-team effects of cleaning chemicals on asthma are becoming increasingly well documented, we lack knowledge of the long-term impact, " explained senior study author Cecile Svanes. "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."

The lung function decline was equivalent to that caused by a smoking habit of 20 cigarettes a day, scientists at Norway's University of Bergen noted in the paper published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

The take home message of the study is that in the long run cleaning chemicals very likely cause rather substantial damage to your lungs. The scientists advised women cleaning at home or working as occupational cleaners to avoid such cleaning products and simply use microfibre cloths and water instead.

According to the study, the products affect the lung capacity of women more than men, though scientists said that fewer male participants joined the study compared with female ones.

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