Cleaning Products can Damage Woman’s Lungs

Cleaning products can damage woman’s lungs who regularly use cleaning products and sprays, either at home or in their work.


New European research has found that regular use of cleaning sprays can have as much of an impact on lung health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. It is important to note those women are more likely to experience damage to lung function than men.

Women use household chemicals every day to clean and decorate their homes, and some of them contain chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some examples of VOCs are benzene, formaldehyde, and acetone.

Researchers at the Norway’s University of Bergen recently conducted a study which was published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

During the study, researchers tracked 6 235 participants with an average age of 34 and followed them for more than 20 years. During that time span, participants used the products over a period of two decades. The participants were asked to record how much they used typical liquid cleaning products.

The results found that using cleaning products can damage woman’s lungs and using them for 20 years is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 20 years for women.

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

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