Study: Chemicals In Household Products ‘Increase The Risk Of Lung Damage’

No one really enjoys cleaning the bathroom or the kitchen, and here’s an excuse to do so less often: chemicals used in cleaning products have been linked to lung damage. A Norweigan study found people who use household products are at greater risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes symptoms like chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Researchers looked at 5,000 women over a 20 year period using data from The European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS.) They found those who clean for a living had a 17 percent greater decline in lung function compared to the average person. However, even those who simply scrub surfaces at home were found to have a 14 percent loss of lung function. Lead study author Oistein Svanes says, “We need to start being much more aware of the chemicals we’re releasing into the air we breathe when we use things like cleaning spray.” (Daily Mail