Pets sometimes seem like another member of the family. However, we fail to realize how the indoor air quality of our homes affect domestic dogs, cats, and birds. Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, an Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service veterinarian, co-authored a paper based on how tobacco has significant health consequences to pets. The veterinarians from Oklahoma State found that “secondhand smoke has been associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, as well as lung cancer in birds.”
In order to protect the health of ourselves, family members, and our pets, it is imperative to take advantage of negative ionizers. Although not smoking is ideal, there is proven effectiveness of reducing indoor air pollutants through the utilization of negative ion generators.
Negative ions that are produced through air cleaners/ionizers naturally remove pollutants from the air. Since cigarette smoke contains some of the most carcinogenic (cancer causing) compounds known to man, it makes sense to minimize or eliminate the exposure to such toxins. Although you or someone in your household may not be a smoker, previous owners or tenants may have smoked and the residual contaminants are still prevalent. Thankfully, air purifiers/ionizers can put your mind at ease and promote a healthy indoor environment for your family and pets alike.
Negative ion generators remove contaminants such as smoke, pollutants, allergens, bacteria, and viruses which lead to a variety of health concerns that can be potentially fatal. While negative ions do not actually kill airborne micro-organisms, they do effectively eliminate these hazardous particulates from the air in the same way that negative ionization works in the earth’s natural atmosphere. Upon being released from a negative ion generator, as in the case with a room ionizer, the ions attract to positively charged particulates, including smoke, various toxins, dust, mold, and germs. As these particulates and ions form clusters, they become heavy and fall out of the air to surfaces where they can be disinfected rather than causing infection, a host of diseases including oral and nasal cancers, as well as lymphoma.
However, it is not only the fact that negative ions effectively remove air pollutants that makes them so valuable in removing harmful particulates found in secondhand cigarette smoke. These powerful ions also promote healing of the body’s systems and cells. As negative ions are released from the room ionizer, they circulate in the air, and as they are inhaled, the result is: increased oxygen levels in the blood, relaxed nerves, revitalized cell metabolism, and strengthened the immune system. Together, these effects revitalize the body; thus, reducing the likelihood of developing lung related cancers, numerous illnesses, and support the body’s ability to heal.
When one lives alone, he or she often fails to recognize that their habit or choice in lifestyle affects others around them whether it be a household pet such as a dog, cat, or bird, visitors, or even people that will later occupy the dwelling. Tobacco and secondhand smoke has significant health consequences to all of us. However, with the frequent and correct use of a negative ion generator, you can minimize the health risks and increase indoor air quality.