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« Topic Start: August 25, 2008, 04:35:48 pm »

Link between Respiratory Cancer and Incense Smoke:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26394506/


I have often wondered about the health effects of breathing in the smoke. I always have the room well ventilated and I am extra carefull with it around pets and small children as well.
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« Reply #1: August 25, 2008, 04:43:06 pm »

Link between Respiratory Cancer and Incense Smoke:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26394506/

I have often wondered about the health effects of breathing in the smoke. I always have the room well ventilated and I am extra carefull with it around pets and small children as well.


I read the article and found it quite interesting. The problem, as I see it, seems to come largely from artificial ingredients in many incense. The salt peter, the artificial oils used to scent sawdust and so forth. Of course I think it is true that exposing oneself too much to smoke of any kind can, at the very least, aggravate problems.

Of course on the other hand no one sticks these things in their mouths o smoke it like a cigar..at least I hope not.

At any rate thank you for the link, it's very informative.
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« Reply #2: August 25, 2008, 05:03:23 pm »

I have often wondered about the health effects of breathing in the smoke. I always have the room well ventilated and I am extra carefull with it around pets and small children as well.

I don't find these results very surprising. I will note, however, the the strongest effect seemed to be with people who burned incense almost all the time -- something most Western Pagans do not do.
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« Reply #3: August 25, 2008, 05:08:19 pm »

Link between Respiratory Cancer and Incense Smoke:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26394506/


I have often wondered about the health effects of breathing in the smoke. I always have the room well ventilated and I am extra carefull with it around pets and small children as well.


I saw this earlier today.  Can't say I'm much surprised; it's smoke, anyways, and beyond that, seems to me about half the things we use on a day-to-day basis can lead to cancer.
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« Reply #4: August 25, 2008, 05:25:45 pm »

I read the article and found it quite interesting. The problem, as I see it, seems to come largely from artificial ingredients in many incense. The salt peter, the artificial oils used to scent sawdust and so forth. Of course I think it is true that exposing oneself too much to smoke of any kind can, at the very least, aggravate problems.
Of course on the other hand no one sticks these things in their mouths o smoke it like a cigar..at least I hope not.
At any rate thank you for the link, it's very informative.

You're welcome.  I know certain fumes can be very hazardous for exotic birds too, such as parrots. I have pretty much gone over to the lighter Japanese incense in place of the heavy Indian ones that can be somewhat overpowering and too heavy scented for me.
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« Reply #5: August 25, 2008, 09:55:00 pm »

I don't find these results very surprising. I will note, however, the the strongest effect seemed to be with people who burned incense almost all the time -- something most Western Pagans do not do.
As soon as I saw the thread title, I was reminded of a Western Pagan of my acquaintance who did... but who was known for having asthma attacks (from several yards away, even outdoors) the instant a flame was touched to a cigarette.

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« Reply #6: August 25, 2008, 09:55:48 pm »

As soon as I saw the thread title, I was reminded of a Western Pagan of my acquaintance who did... but who was known for having asthma attacks (from several yards away, even outdoors) the instant a flame was touched to a cigarette.

How very weird.
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« Reply #7: August 25, 2008, 09:58:59 pm »

How very weird.

Not too weird.  Cigarette smoke really gets to me (to the point that I normally start developing a headache within a few minutes in close proximity to cigarette smoke), but I find incense very relaxing.  I think it has something to do with the tar, but I could be wrong.  The cigarette smoke is just so acrid that it grates upon me.

I will say that I prefer incense without a wooden core, though.  The smell of the wood core burning along with the incense always makes the smoke too, for lack of a better term, smoky.
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« Reply #8: August 25, 2008, 10:49:27 pm »

Not too weird.  Cigarette smoke really gets to me (to the point that I normally start developing a headache within a few minutes in close proximity to cigarette smoke), but I find incense very relaxing.  I think it has something to do with the tar, but I could be wrong.  The cigarette smoke is just so acrid that it grates upon me.
Now, that doesn't strike me as all that weird - tobacco smoke is acrid, and some people are extremely sensitive to it.

What was odd about my acquaintance is that it didn't seem to require what most people would consider "close" proximity, that it was instantaneous, and that AFAIK she didn't have to exercise any selectivity about incense (I have to, and I don't have asthma or any known sensitivities/allergies to burning stuff).  I'm inclined to suspect a psychological component - associating the sight of a cigarette being lit with her past reactions under closer/more-poorly-ventilated circumstances, f'ex - and possibly willingness to accept a (mild) reaction from something she liked the smell of, where she found any reaction to something she didn't like the smell of unacceptable.  (Both of which are reasonable, but perhaps harder to explain to people who may or may not have sufficient sense of nuance, which might also be part of it.)

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« Reply #9: August 26, 2008, 12:43:38 am »

Not too weird.  Cigarette smoke really gets to me (to the point that I normally start developing a headache within a few minutes in close proximity to cigarette smoke), but I find incense very relaxing.  I think it has something to do with the tar, but I could be wrong.

My guess for me is the formaldehyde or some other additive (but my brother got a pass on part of junior high bio because of formaldehyde allergy).  Other forms of burning tobacco don't mess with me, so it has to be some of the bonus crud that goes in cigs.
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« Reply #10: August 26, 2008, 07:03:38 am »

My guess for me is the formaldehyde or some other additive (but my brother got a pass on part of junior high bio because of formaldehyde allergy).  Other forms of burning tobacco don't mess with me, so it has to be some of the bonus crud that goes in cigs.

Amazingly, I don't have a problem with smoking activating my asthma (I have cut down, but going cold turkey is not an option at the moment, I would likely end up sending someone an a pleasant trip to the morgue...).  Although, I have noticed that using my allergy medicine regularly, combined with... caffeine pills (measured doses at specific times in relation to what I am doing that may cause an attack) does prevent them...  Don't ask me how, it was just some odd thing I happened to notice, after using the caffeine pills for energy at work, then cutting off for a while, then going back on, then off... I did this a few times, and I finally just recently noticed it.  Woot for me.

As for incense setting off my asthma, depends on what is used to scent it, and how strong the scent is.  (Allergies really suck, especially when someone is trying to set a romantic mood...)
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« Reply #11: August 26, 2008, 07:33:27 am »

Not too weird.  Cigarette smoke really gets to me (to the point that I normally start developing a headache within a few minutes in close proximity to cigarette smoke), but I find incense very relaxing.  I think it has something to do with the tar, but I could be wrong.  The cigarette smoke is just so acrid that it grates upon me.
I will say that I prefer incense without a wooden core, though.  The smell of the wood core burning along with the incense always makes the smoke too, for lack of a better term, smoky.

Here too, anywhere near a cigarette and I get a headache. You know, I hadn't put two and two together on this one, but the Japanese incense I use doesn't have the wooden stick core. I never tried ye old oil covered charcoal brick indoors either. Not just because of smoke but because of the soot. Seemed common sense to me. If you are using a smoky incense be in a well ventilated place.
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« Reply #12: August 26, 2008, 08:10:26 am »




I have often wondered about the health effects of breathing in the smoke.


Well I try not to inhale!  Grin

I am more concerned about the effects on people of the artifical "air fresheners" like Glade etc. I won't have them in my house. Has anyone come acoss any studies on the health effects of them?

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