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How Icky is the Air on Our Airplanes?

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We all know about the sticky, dry air we’re forced to breathe when we fly — some people even claim it makes them sick. But exactly how bad is the air on our airplanes?

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’ve probably wondered about the quality of the air blowing through the cabin. The big question mark around the subject has left some concerned for their health and in search of more information.

Many passengers take vitamin supplements before boarding to give their immune system a boost, and surgical masks are becoming an increasingly common sight on flights. Some flyers have even resorted to hiding under a blanket or a sweater in the hopes that this might somehow filter what they believe is contaminated air.

But how bad is cabin atmosphere, really?Dr. Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona at Tucson, told NBC that “Airplane air isn’t as bad as most people envision.”

In fact, your biggest concern should be that coughing, sniffling seatmate, or the airplane bathroom. “It’s more likely that the food you eat and the things you touch will make you sick.”

Breathe a Little Easier

So what’s really going on with the air up there? The truth is that commercial jets fly at an altitude that doesn’t allow humans to breath without some form of artificial assistance.

A common misconception is that passengers are breathing the same air when they land that was with them when they took off. But according to travel health expert Mark Gendreau, this simply isn’t true.

“Airplanes take about 50% of the air collected in the outtake valves of the passenger compartment and mix it with fresh air from outside that gets heated by the engines,” Gendreau explains. “That air is then passed through HEPA filters that sterilizes it before it’s reintroduced into the passenger cabin.”

Airlines actually take precautions to ensure that airflow between cabin seat rows is kept to a minimum. Surprisingly, airplane air is refreshed and recirculated more frequently than the air in most office buildings.

Boeing spokesperson Bret Jenson blames low humidity for the grogginess and discomfort that some passengers feel upon landing. “The overall relative humidity aboard an aluminum airplane is low — around 6% — and people become dehydrated on long flights if they don't drink water regularly. This can make people feel different than when they boarded the airplane.”

Other Risks

While cabin air quality may not be as bad as we believe, there are other atmospheric problems that can potentially arise during air travel. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reports that they’ve received more than 1,300 reports of smoke or fumes inside passenger aircrafts since 2010.

This occurs when the air drawn in through the engines that refresh the circulated air comes into contact with substances like engine oil, hydraulic fluids, and harmful chemical lubricants called organophosphates.

According to the BBC, a number of former and current cabin crewmembers are pursuing legal action against British Airlines for health issues they claim stem from contaminated cabin air.

But experts remain skeptical about how serious this problem may actually be. Prof Alan Boobis, the director of Public Health England’s Toxicology Unit, estimates that fume leakage of this sort occurs in less than one out of every 2,000 flights.

He goes on to note that even in the unlikely event that leakage occurs, the levels of contamination would likely be too low to significantly affect humans.

Most airlines are concerned enough about passenger health that the air filtration systems are checked regularly and thoroughly, and the risk of air quality issues arising is relatively low. So the next time you travel by plane, you should probably be more concerned about washing your hands than covering your mouth.

Want a purifier that’s strong enough to clean the air that’s circulating through a jet plane? HEPA filters are also used in the top commercially-available air purifiers, and the best of those products are sold by Rabbit Air. If air quality is something that concerns you, a Rabbit Air purifier is an investment that will be more than worth your investment.

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Why Oregon Has the Worst Allergies in the Country

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The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the nation's most beautiful landscapes  as well as its worst pollen count. We explain what greenery is to blame and what you can do to breathe more easily.

For those with allergies, early summer is always a difficult period. But if you're in the Pacific Northwest — particularly in Oregon — you might have earned the right to complain a bit more than the rest of us. 

Popular website, Pollen.com, tracks cities around the country and ranks the presence of airborne pollen on a 0-12 point scale. Out of the 28 Oregonian cities ranked, six were tied for the worst possible ranking, each receiving a 10.8 out of 12, according to KPTV. While not among the six, Portland received a still alarming 9.1.

Take a look at this Pollen.com map forecasting national allergy information and you'll see the state is engulfed in a yellow blob, indicating the region’s exceedingly high rates of pollen.

Grass and Trees and Weeds, Oh My!

If you're reading this in Oregon, you're probably all too aware of this situation. But what is it about the Northwest that makes summertime so uncomfortable for the 10-30% of the population suffering with watery eyes and running noses?

If you're seeking a culprit, look no further than the seemingly innocuous trees and grass life around you. Birch and alder, trees native to Oregon, are particularly guilty, according to WebMD. Pine trees, which can coat surfaces (say, car windshields) in a layer of pollen, are actually not the worst offenders. The heavier grains of pine pollen mean less air-time and more trips to the car wash. 

Grasses reach peak pollination in May and June, with Bermuda, orchard, wheat, and fescue grasses the main perpetrators. Summer is also weed season, with plantain weed causing the most trouble for the allergy-afflicted.

The Fresh Air Cure

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In light of this, what is an Oregonner to do (or a Husker, Hoosier, or Buckeye, for that matter)? We've collected the most tried-and-true cures for summertime ear, nose, and throat irritation for you right here:

  • Restrict outings to mornings and evenings, as allergies are at their worst in the middle of the day.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed.
  • Wear a dust mask when mowing, or avoid freshly mown lawns altogether.
  • When it comes to allergies, cleanliness is next to godliness. Vacuum carpets and wash your bedsheets regularly during pollen season.
  • Brace for outdoor adventures with an antihistamine.
  • For the cleanest indoor air, enlist the aid of an air purifier, such as a Rabbit Air, to trap and reduce airborne allergens, providing much-needed relief. 

Allergies definitely put a damper on the summer festivities, but RabbitAir purifiers will have you feeling less miserable and enjoying the sun in no time! With filters that can be specialized to deal with pollen, dander, or odor from secondhand smoke, the only thing between you and a sniffle-free summer is a call to Rabbit Air.

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The Best Indoor Plants for Air Quality

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When it comes to keeping the air in your house fresh, sometimes going all-natural is a helpful option. Here are a few plants that use old-fashioned photosynthesis to keep you breathing clean air every day.

Anyone that’s ever had to step outside for some fresh air can tell you that the air in our buildings and homes aren’t always ideal. Whether it’s because of poor ventilation systems, pets, or even an excess of dirty laundry, it’s easy for these enclosed spaces to get a little stuffy.

Sure, scented candles and air fresheners are quick and easy ways to give your living space the illusion of freshness, but the goal should be truly clean air. Although there are a range of effective air-filtering products, sometimes all-natural solutions are the secret remedies.

The NASA Clean Air Study

Published in 1989, the NASA Clean Air Study was conducted to investigate how various types of plants can remove toxic agents from the air, according to Zone 10. The agents in focus were benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene — junk that can get caught in your house and even make you sick.

The experiments were conducted in a 100-square-foot enclosed area and yielded impressive results — of the 27 plants in the group, all of them were found to have an affect on at least one of the harmful agents.

The Natural Solution

Since the study was published, NASA’s findings have been universally accepted and adopted — plants are proven to improve air quality, not to mention that they’re also affordable, easy to maintain, and serve as a fun hobby to pick up.

Borrowing from NASA’s list and a few others from Rodale's Organic Life, here are a few of the most effective plants to help get you started on your fresh and foliage-friendly indoor setup.

Palm Trees

Not only do palm trees bring a tropical vibe to your home, they also help to eliminate any remnants of formaldehyde that might be floating around. Indoor palms thrive in relatively cool temperatures (about 60-75 degrees), so they should be just fine regardless of where you live. Freshen up your home and keep the spirit of summer alive year-round with this attractive and low-maintenance plant.

Peace Lily

The lovely peace lily has a unique place on our list as one of the only plants that will still bloom bountifully indoors. In addition to fighting benzene and formaldehyde, the lily is particularly effective at removing the harsh chemicals emitted by various cleaning products. As a plant that prefers minimal light — and even humidifies your air — the peace lily is as useful as it is beautiful.

Golden Pothos

While the pothos may not be as effective when it comes to removing toxins, its durability caters to those without a green thumb. If you’re forgetful or simply a bit clueless when it comes to botany, the pothos is the perfect plant for you — it’s resilient, and requires practically no maintenance.

For someone who is curious about having an indoor plant, but is afraid of having dead greenery on their hands, this may be the plant for you.

Keep It Fresh With Rabbit Air

Now that you know some all-natural secrets to keeping your air as fresh as can be, it’s time to find out the methods — or combination thereof — that work for you. Next to the truly natural air-freshening power of plants, Rabbit Air is about as close to nature as you can get while still living with the smog of civilization. For example, Rabbit Air's MinusA2 can be specially configured to filter Volatile Organic Compounds like benzene.

With innovative designs and state-of-the-art products, Rabbit Air purifiers “take pollutants out and leave nothing but clean air in return.” For more information regarding Rabbit Air purifiers, click here to learn more.

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Brace Yourself For the Worst Allergy Season In Years

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Apparently, a record-setting winter wasn’t enough — we have an equally disastrous allergy season on our hands. Here’s what you can do about it.

May, or National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, has come to a close, and allergy sufferers everywhere are glad to move on towards the summer. But in spite of everyone’s relief at winter finally being over, this spring was reported as one of the worst allergy seasons in years.

As usual, the biggest problem was pollen that come from blossoming trees, and general allergies caused by grass.

Both of these trends occur on a yearly basis, but Dr. Tao Zheng at the Yale School of Medicine, predicted that “This allergy season may be the worst in years.” In the Northeast especially, many types of trees, including birch, oak and pine, produced more pollen than usual, rendering his prediction correct.

Why Are Things Worse?

Even though one might think that a longer, snowier winter might temper down spring allergies, the opposite is actually true. As Zheng noted, the residual wetness of melting snow causes plants to develop even more pollen than usual.

Climate change is an additional factor, as increasingly warm summers also contribute to a lengthened, more relentless allergy season that has started earlier and earlier each year.

Mike Tringale, Senior VP of the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America, recently noted that “Older Americans will remember that peak tree-pollen season used to be late April every year, but now high pollen counts nationwide are being recorded in many places as early as the first week of March, thanks to global climate change.”

With an estimated 45 million Americans suffering from allergy-related symptoms each spring, this is an issue with widespread ramifications. Most of those afflicted have turned to antihistamines and nasal corticosteroid medications, which offer only temporary help.

Possible Responses

For those in serious need of relief, allergy shots can successfully treat symptoms. While the results of these injections are overwhelmingly positive, they need to be repeated on a regular basis at a clinician’s office, often over the period of three to five years.

There are also newly developed allergy tablets that can be taken at home on a daily basis after the first visit to the prescribing doctor.

Like the periodic injections, these tablets help sufferers build a tolerance to a range of allergies, even only a few weeks after treatment has started. Unfortunately, this line of strategy works best if begun well before allergy season begins.

Now that we are nearing the end of spring, more basic measures can be taken to dampen the effects of allergens. Keeping your windows closed will prevent pollen from entering your house.

Wearing a mask when outside can often be beneficial, as can refraining from outdoor activity during peak pollen hours, (morning to midday). Finally, showering after time spent outdoors will help remove any allergens that have collected on your clothes and hair.

Even when you take all of these measures and more, sometimes allergies find a way to follow you home. The air purifiers from Rabbit Air will trap airborne pollen and allergens to help keep the interior of your home clear and breathable, giving you an escape from all the itching and sneezing.

Each purifier model is sleek, functional, and easy to use. In addition, they can fully clean a room twice every hour! If you’re looking for an easy way to supplement your allergy-free lifestyle, look no further than RabbitAir.

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Mold Allergy Symptoms Explained

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Due to some sneaky symptoms, many people may be suffering from mold allergies without even realizing it. Let’s take a closer look at this affliction and what can be done to alleviate it.

Dealing with mold can be difficult for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s a more widespread problem than most people would expect — spores thrive in homes with common issues, like leaky roofs, faulty plumbing, and cracked foundations.

Not only is mold relatively widespread, but it’s also an extremely pervasive substance — the outside air is also full of spores that can easily make their way indoors through an open window, doorway, or faulty ventilation system.

Another thing about mold that makes it especially tricky is that it affects different people in a wide variety of ways — symptoms specific to one person’s allergy can be completely different from those of the next.

These symptoms are also often somewhat generic in nature, which makes tracing an allergic reaction back to mold more difficult — they can easily be confused with seasonal allergies, sinus infections, or even just a common cold.

According to Mayo Clinic, Common symptoms of mold allergies include sneezing, headaches, runny nose, as well as itchy eyes, skin, and throat. People who suffer from asthma may also experience shortness of breath and wheezing. More severe cases can even cause memory problems, joint pain, and mood swings, including feelings of anger, anxiety, and aggression, as Mercola reports.

How to Tell When Mold Is the Problem

Tracing an allergic reaction back to mold often requires a bit of detective work. Pay attention to your symptoms — do they dissipate when you leave the house? Do you only feel them in one particular space or building?

Stay on the lookout for environmental factors that will put you at increased risk of mold exposure. Indoor humidity levels above 60% are ideal for mold, and will likely lead to infestation and proliferation.

Leaky pipes, water seepage and condensation, and poor ventilation are also issues that should be addressed immediately — basements, bathrooms, and kitchens are the spaces in homes that are usually most at risk.

How Does Mold Cause Allergic Reactions?

Achoo Allergy describes how there are a number of common molds that make up the usual suspects when it comes to allergies — Alternaria, Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys are just a few of the strains that thrive in warm, dark, damp household environments.

What many people don’t realize is that it’s not the mold itself triggering the reaction — it’s actually the microscopic, airborne spores that come into contact with our skin and respiratory systems that are ultimately causing the problems.

Gear Up and Fight Back

The good news is that there are actually a number of ways to combat mold infestations in your home — most experts agree that a high-quality air purifier should do the trick when it comes to most strains of household mold.

Before you invest in a filter, you’ll want to make sure the filter in your purifier is HEPA certified — HEPA filters are required by the U.S. government to be capable of removing 99.97% of particles up to 0.3 microns in diameter.

Considering that most airborne spores range between one and five microns across, a certified HEPA filter should have no problem removing mold-based allergens from your home.

It’s important to keep in mind, though, that when it comes to air filters, not all machines are created equal. The BiosGS2.0 from Rabbit Air employs a four-stage filtration system that doesn’t just tackle mold — it removes a variety of other irritants like pollen, dust mites, dander, and unwanted odors with ease.

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The Health Impact of Pet Dander

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10% of Americans are allergic to the dander brought in by household pets. Dander can have unfortunate effects on a pet owner’s health, but there are a few ways you can minimize its impact.

Pet dander refers to the dead skin that tends to fall from cats, dogs, and other warm-blooded furry or feathery animals. The tiny proteins in dander and saliva are the root cause of pet allergies.

They’re naturally introduced into the air at microscopic levels, where they’re circulated until they’re breathed in — whether an animal is actually in the house or not. 

When your home is dusty or has low-quality air, whatever allergy symptoms you might already experience from being around dogs are sure to get even worse.

Symptoms Associated with Pet Dander

Those with pet allergies are categorized as having either low or high sensitivity. For those with low sensitivity, symptoms may not appear until a few days after coming into contact with the allergen. High sensitivity people, on the other hand, may feel the impact of dander within 15 minutes of contact.

Symptoms of allergies include swelling, itching of the membranes that line the eyes and nose, inflamed eyes, and respiratory problems. Once dander has entered the lungs, antibodies combine with the allergens, causing intense coughing or wheezing. Highly sensitive people may also experience rashes on the face, neck, and upper chest. 

If you’re experiencing all these things at home, the worst symptom of all is being unable to feel comfortable in your own living space.

How to Deal with Pet Dander

The first step for many who suffer from pet allergies is the removal of animals in the house. Different animals can affect people to varying degrees, with twice as many people suffering from allergies to cats rather than dogs, according to Live Science

But it can also be difficult to part ways with your furry, dandery friends. As long as you’re low-sensitivity, there are other methods you can use to limit the impact of pet dander in your day-to-day life:

  • Pet-Free Zones: By keeping pets out, you can reduce the levels of dander in any room of the house. The bedroom might be an especially good place for a zone like this -- nobody wants to wake up with allergy symptoms.
  • Frequent Pet Baths: If you do own a pet and you can’t bear to part ways, a weekly bath can reduce the amount of dander in their fur.
  • Replacing Furnishings: Dander is attracted to fabric, so by replacing carpets with linoleum or cloth drapes with blinds, you can reduce the amount of allergens sticking to the furnishings.
  • HEPA air filters: HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters reduce the amount of dander being circulated through the air and trap allergens at 99.97% efficiency down to 0.3 microns.

Of all these methods, air filters can be the most effective at stopping dander from spreading. By treating the air quality itself, you can greatly reduce dander levels at a consistent rate. Air filters are even more useful for those without pets, as they provide a quick and painless clean-up of the air in any given place.

Rabbit Air purifiers are an environmentally friendly way to eliminate allergens from the air. Pet owners in particular are in luck, as the Rabbit Air MinusA2 can be outfitted with a filter specially designed to trap pet allergens, called the Pet Allergy Customized filter.

And Rabbit Air offers excellent, 24-hour customer service and free shipping throughout most of the U.S., so take a look today and reduce the impact pet dander is having on your health.

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The Top Ten Countries With the Worst Air Quality

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With industrialization always increasing on a global scale, it’s no surprise that overall air quality has dropped significantly in recent years. Still, the results from a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) are quite concerning, as News.com.au reports. The study examined air pollution levels in 1,600 cities across 19 countries that involved exhaustive findings on the concentration of fine particulate pollution — this quantity, measured in a unit called PM2.5, is considered the best indicator of assessing negative health impacts from bad air quality.

Here we provide a list of the ten countries with the worst air quality, along with some advice on how to keep the air around you as healthy as possible.

1. Pakistan

Average PM2.5 pollution: 101 ug/m3

Urban air pollution is by far the biggest factor in this country, affecting a high percentage of its 180 million citizens. There were almost five million cases of lower respiratory tract problems reported by children under five years old alone.

2. Qatar

Average PM2.5 pollution: 92 ug/m3

Despite being one of the world's wealthiest countries, Qatar is also one of its most polluted, according to EcoWatch. That all makes sense when considering the opulent tendencies often associated with its business sector, as frequent air traffic creates a great deal of its total pollution.

3. Afghanistan

Average PM2.5 pollution: 84 ug/m3

Kabul accounts for a great deal of the country’s bad air quality — over 3000 people die from pollution-related illnesses every year in the city alone. The city’s high poverty level also contributes to this statistic, as many citizens burn unhealthy resources like tires for fuel.

4. Bangladesh

Average PM2.5 pollution: 79 ug/m3

One of the most troubling nations on this list, Bangladesh has three cities in the top 20 most polluted in the world. In the last decade alone, the country’s air quality has plummeted by 60%.

5. Iran

Average PM2.5 pollution: 76 ug/m3

One-upping Bangladesh, Iran has four cities in the list of the world’s top 20 most polluted. Its general congestion and traffic issues, along with a booming oil and gas extraction industry, account for this problem.

6. Egypt

Average PM2.5 pollution: 74 ug/m3

Known for its storied history, Egypt has an economy that has stayed in the past, sticking with a fossil-fuel platform that has increased industrialization. In Cairo, residents inhale 20 times the tolerable amount of air pollution on a daily basis.

7. Mongolia

Average PM2.5 pollution: 64 ug/m3

Though Mongolia may be known for its natural beauty, this is not reflected in its pollution levels. Due to the freezing winters and the general lack of energy alternatives, there persists an unhealthy reliance on coal.

8. United Arab Emirates

Average PM2.5 pollution: 61 ug/m3

In a way, it almost makes sense that a country that’s profited so much from the oil and gas industries has air that suffers because of these same industries. “Car-free days” have even been scheduled in an effort to address this issue.

9. India

Average PM2.5 pollution: 59 ug/m3

India’s extreme class divide — rampant poverty paired with exorbitant wealth — as well as its massive total population have both contributed greatly to its unhealthy air. New Delhi, whose air pollution is 60 times higher than a level considered safe, has the worst air quality of any city in the world.

10. Bahrain

Average PM2.5 pollution: 57 ug/m3

Despite its relatively small total population of 1.3 million, Bahrain’s overall high income accounts for its well-above average emissions from industrial ventures.

There’s no denying that air pollution is a sneaky, serious problem that negatively impacts millions upon millions of people worldwide. It’s an issue that often doesn’t receive enough publicity for its worldwide severity, perhaps because it doesn’t feel as urgent as other health issues. Despite this, it’s an issue that can and should be addressed, both on an individual and global scale.

In addition to making concerted efforts to change our dependence on fossil fuels and other harmful forms of energy, it’s important that individuals make sure that they themselves stay safe. Investing in an air purifier, such as one from Rabbit Air, can help you to do just this.

With the proven ability to clean a room’s air once every thirty minutes, these devices will have your home feeling fresh and toxin-free. Do yourself a favor, and breathe easy.

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Scare Off Symptoms of Secondhand Smoke

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If your living situation leaves you exposed to secondhand smoke, you need to take action.

Everybody knows a smoker. They’re easy to find  check the outside of any restaurant, bar, or sidewalk in America, and you’re sure to spot at least one. It doesn’t exactly take an archaeologist to chart a smoker’s territory from the strewn collections of discarded cigarette butts littered about the sidewalk. You may even smoke yourself. 

We have nothing against smokers as people — it’s just that their habits are actually destructive to the people around them.

We all know that countless (32, to be exact) Surgeon General reports detail scientifically-verified information on the serious medical issues posed by secondhand smoke (SHS). Still, as long as people remain addicted to tobacco, the problem will persist.

This is because, most of the time, SHS is unavoidable. You can choose to walk away from a smoker, but you can’t always just move out if they live right next to or with you.

Whether you live in an apartment with smokers or they’re your college dorm roommates, you are unwittingly being exposed to secondhand dangers. Here’s why you should care  and what you can do about it.

Scourge by Osmosis

The American Cancer Society paints a particularly bleak portrait of the dangers of SHS. We may as well begin with the grim numbers: of the staggering 20 million Americans who have died as a result of smoke inhalation since 1964, about 12.5%  or 2.5 million  were actually non-smokers.

This number includes the roughly 100,000 babies who perished due to parental smoking. Scary stuff.

Why is secondhand smoke so particularly troublesome? Well, it turns out there are actually two kinds of smoke: mainstream and sidestream. Mainstream smoke is what the smoker exhales after puffing; sidestream is the smoke that drifts from the tip of the lit cigarette into the surrounding air.

The latter is unfiltered, and thus contains more toxins, carcinogens, and smaller particles that more easily make their way into your body  your buddy may be the one smoking, but you’re actually getting the short end of the stick. 

You already know that SHS is carcinogenic and strongly correlates with various cancers especially lung cancer (7,000 SHS deaths per year), but also lymphoma, leukemia, cancers of the brain, throat, bladder, rectum, stomach, etc  but what about other diseases? The raw truth is that, annually, about 42,000 people die of heart disease caused by cigarettes they never smoked. 

There are also strong links between secondhand smoke and the increased risk of severe dementia and depression (especially among pregnant women), as well as hundreds of thousands of cases of respiratory infections and asthmatic symptoms attributed to SHS.

Because of secondhand smoke’s pernicious quality, the EPA has determined that there are no safe levels of exposure.

Room To Breathe

You’re not totally out of luck, though. Beyond removing yourself from the smoking area, the best way to reduce the damage caused by SHS is to actually cleanse the air you breathe. According to an article by industry expert Rabbit Air, air purifiers are an effective way to combat both the harmful chemicals and odors released by secondhand smoke.

Air purifiers create healthy, breathable air through the use of a robust HEPA filter, which captures the particulate matter produced by cigarette smoke as it is drawn through the filter’s fibers. This is combined with the use of an activated carbon filter, an extremely porous material, that effectively traps chemicals and odors as they pass.

The Rabbit Air MinusA2 air purifier also has a customized filter option, called the Odor Remover, that was specifically produced to trap smoke particles in your home. It has activated carbon woven into its fibers, increasing the effectiveness, durability, and longevity of the device.

While secondhand smoke remains a serious health threat in our homes and communities, there are practical ways to combat its dangers, allowing you to take a refreshing, deep, and smoke-free sigh of relief.

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The Cutest Dogs That Allergy Sufferers Really Shouldn't Have

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As cute as they are, these are dogs that you’ll want to avoid if you’re striving for an allergy-free lifestyle.

For this post, we surveyed everyone in the entire world on the subject of dogs, and the results are in: they all agreed that dogs are so, so, so cute. In fact, they’re basically little charming pillows that shower you with blinding and unconditional love. 

Do your best friends scream and shout and fling themselves at you just because you went through the simple motion of walking inside? Didn’t think so. Dogs, however, can look adorable doing anything. For all of these reasons and more, we strongly recommend that each and every human being have a dog. No questions asked. 

Well, one question might be worth asking: Do you have dog allergies? If the answer is yes, you might want to steer clear of any breed on this list of sneeze-inducing pups. Because of the unique quality of these dogs’ fur, their tendency to shed or slobber, or their flaky skin, they can produce quite a lot of allergens. 

For people with dog allergies, the proteins in a canine’s saliva, dander, hair, and urine cause their immune systems to overreact, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. What’s worse, their hair or dander can gather mold, pollen, or spores when they’re running about outdoors, making double doggy trouble for allergy sufferers.

Though there’s no such thing as a truly “hypoallergenic” dog, the following pups are particularly rough on those unlucky folks out there with pet allergies.

Stately St. Bernard

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Truly incredible. It’s hard to imagine a sleeker mane, and it’s even harder not to picture a child gently nestled into this pooch's side, soundly sleeping. These are the kinds of dogs that complete a family. But if you have allergies, I’m sure there are other good pets, too, right?

French Bulldog


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Wow. This pup is absolutely devastating. The ears! That eager and inquiring little face! We never thought we’d say it, but this is the kind of cuteness that’s just too much for any human being with a heart to bare. Unfortunately, thanks to this pup’s tendency to slobber everywhere, allergies would make living with this guy pretty tough to bear, too. 

German Shepherd

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I’m literally jumping. If a team of scientists were to try to create an algorithm that could quantify the cuteness, they would surely be driven insane. Unfortunately, there’s no scientist in the world that can cure you of the allergies that are keeping you from this all-star pup.

Boston Terrier


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This is one of the world’s cutest dogs — especially when it’s wearing hats. They’re unconditionally happy, portable, and affectionate little gentlemen, easily pictured wearing a tiny monocle and a truly perfect new member for any home. Unless, of course, you have allergies.

Springer Spaniel 

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I once knew a Springer, and some of my fondest memories include spending hours tousling his perfect, unbelievable shiny fur. I can still picture staring into his clear, honest eyes, communicating with him with a perfect purity that only a shared childhood can bring. I would assume you can build those kinds of bonds with a fish if you’ve got allergies, but I can’t make any promises.

Dachshund

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Ah. The closest thing to a football that dogkind has to offer, the Dachshund truly captures our hearts. I can just picture slumping this guy over my shoulder like a sack of tiny potatoes. This form of cuteness is almost too powerful to touch. If only it weren’t for your poor, allergy-ridden soul.

But Really

Okay, so the news isn’t as bad as it seems. While having medium-to-severe allergies can sometimes make it tough to have pets like these, there are actually plenty of ways to make having a dander-heavy animal a happy experience.

According to the Nest, simple things like giving your dog regular baths help tremendously to clear up the air and minimize shedding. One of the best things you can do to minimize allergy symptoms is to find a high-quality air purifier to keep the allergens at bay at all hours — some of the best models are available here, from Rabbit Air. As long as you’re diligent, having a dog is no problem — even if you’re cursed for life with pesky allergies.

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