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Air Filter Mask to Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. When wildfires burn in your area, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Wildfire smoke is a mixture of […]

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The Health Hazard of Huge Summer Fires and Smoke

Massive smoke plumes invaded the Pacific Northwest in early August 2017, and more smoke from wildfires may be a problem into early autumn across parts of the U.S. and Canadian West. In this guest post, wildfire expert and author Stephen Pyne (Arizona State University) looks at the history of our relationship with wildfire smoke. Landscape […]

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Burning Man Dust, Sand, and Smoke Air Mask Recommendations: Top 5

The #1 rated recommendations for surviving the dust, sand, and smoke at Burning Man are below. Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community. A temporary city. A global cultural movement. BLACK ROCK CITY is a temporary metropolis built in Nevada’s beautiful, remote, and inhospitable Black Rock Desert. You are responsible for […]

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What Can I Do to Protect Myself from Secondhand Cigarette Smoke?

Secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, is a health hazard for smokers and nonsmokers. A quick Google search of the term shows that the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, the Mayo Clinic, the World Health Organization, and all other credible medical associations and professionals recognize the hazards of […]

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Air Pollution From Wildfire Smoke Has Hazardous Effects On Humans

Scientists have flown through wildfires to learn more about the air pollution they produce, and the news is worse than expected. The emissions of fine particles when timber and brush burn are three times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated, the researchers said, and those particles are dangerous to human lungs and hearts. […]

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Would Wearing an Air Face Mask Make Me Too Weird for College?

I’ll be starting college next month, which is going to involve a lot of walking around campus. I have asthma, which can be aggravated by things like cigarette smoke. This is unfortunate because my campus isn’t “Smoke Free”. There are designated smoking areas but I have to walk through some of them to get to […]

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How Can I Protect Myself from Cigarette Smoke at Home, Parties, Concerts, and Cafes?

Second hand smoke at home, parties, concerts and cafes can be a nuisance for non-smokers. Beyond, just annoying it is harmful to your health. Finding a solution where everyone quits smoking is a great idea, and while people are smoking less, it doesn’t mean everyone is quitting. Not only are traditional cigarettes a concern but […]

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How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your Lung and Breathing Health

Smoke may smell good, but it’s not good for you. If you are healthy, you’re usually not at a major risk from smoke. Still, it’s a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter […]

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Why Do Asians Wear Surgical Masks in Public?

It is more common than ever to see Asians wearing surgical masks in public. Ever since the 2002 SARS outbreak and the 2006 bird flu panic, the practice has crossed over into immigrant Asian populations in the US. Now, with Ebola fears still on high, many immigrant Asians aren’t taking chances—despite the fact that the […]

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When Wildfire Smoke Makes the Air Brown — Should I Wear a Mask?

It’s tough to accessorize for an airpocalypse. When wildfires turn blue skies into browned-out hellscapes, there’s only one accessory that fits for safety and style — a mask. With California facing a year-round fire season, questions about air quality have darkened some decisions about going outside. Particulate matter matters, and so does airborne debris, but […]

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