Cleaning products as bad for lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day, scientists warn


A long-term study has revealed that regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on health comparable with smoking Getty Images Regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on lung health comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes every day, according to a new study. The research followed more than 6,000 people over a 20 year period and found women in particular suffered significant health problems after long-term use of these products.

Lung function decline in women working as cleaners or regularly using cleaning products at home was comparable to smoking 20 cigarettes a day over 10 to 20 years. The scientists who carried out the study advised that such products should be avoided and can normally be replaced with simple microfibre cloths and water.

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