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  • Prism Analytical Technologies, Developer of Home Air Check™, Offers Air Test to Determine Presence of Tobacco Smoke in Indoor Environments

    Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc., a leading U.S. consultative air testing laboratory devoted to the chemical identification and analysis of air contaminants, announced today that it has developed an air test to predict the usage of tobacco smoke in indoor environments. Prism’s Tobacco Smoke Check™ test looks for specific chemical compounds known to be present in ...

  • CDC’s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern for Puerto Ricans

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first national study on the leading causes of death for U.S. Latinos.  The study looked at risk factors and disease prevalence in many groups, including Puerto Ricans.  It found that smoking rates among Puerto Rican men were particularly high at 26%.   While it is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • CDC`s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern

    Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first national study on the leading causes of death for U.S. Latinos. The study looked at risk factors and disease prevalence in many groups, including Puerto Ricans. It found that smoking rates among Puerto Rican men were particularly high at 26%. While it is known to virtually everyone that smoking is not ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Hired Smoke Monitor Measures Effects of Smoke-free Legislation

    Ashtead Technology Rentals has played a key role in assessing air quality levels in businesses around the introduction of the English Smoke-free legislation after being contacted by the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre (TCCC). The TCCC was tasked with monitoring a variety of hospitality and leisure outlets across the country, including pubs, bingo halls and betting shops one month before the ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Property owners encouraged to test for formaldehyde

    The National Cancer Institute’s fact sheet entitled Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk reports that, “…some studies of industrial workers have suggested that formaldehyde exposure is associated with nasal sinus cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer, and possibly with leukemia.” The same formaldehyde found in some work environments can also found in many products that exist in our homes and offices. Due to ...


  • New York Facility Managers Turn to VOETS for Indoor Allergen Testing Solutions

    Employees that go to work or tenants that arrive home, and develop allergy symptoms that improve or go away once they leave the building, could very likely be having an allergic reaction to indoor environmental allergens.    In many circumstances when this occurs, the facility manager of the building will be contacted to investigate the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Exposure to Aerosolized Chemicals from Popular E-Cigarettes Has Many in Puerto Rico Concerned

    In 2013, Puerto Rico’s attorney general joined dozens of other attorney generals in a letter sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).  Puerto Rico had already taken a strong stance against traditional tobacco smoke with the 2007 implementation of Puerto Rico’s Law 66.  It banned smoking in most enclosed work ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month Sheds Light on Airborne Carcinogens

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Lung Association, it is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer and the most common cause of death due to cancer. Unfortunately, many people do not know they have lung cancer until the condition is in its later stages. When people breathe certain contaminants they can cause damage to people’s lungs. Cells in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Puerto Rico and Identifying Airborne Carcinogens

    Lung Cancer Awareness Month takes place each year during November.  The designation is meant to raise awareness of this deadly disease that takes the lives of so many residents of Puerto Rica each year. As of 2014, the most recent year that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lung cancer figures, more than 215,000 people nationwide were diagnosed with lung cancer. That ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Asthma and Air Pollutants Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses asthma and common asthma triggers that impact close to 25 million Americans with the condition. “The CDC states that people with asthma have it all the time, but they will only have asthma attacks when something ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Asthma Rates Increasing across the Mid-Atlantic Region

    Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that an additional 4.3 million people were diagnosed with asthma between 2001 and 2009.  These new figures bring the total number of asthma suffers in the United States to approximately 1 in 12 or 25 million people.   "Despite the fact that outdoor air quality has improved, we've reduced two common asthma triggers - ...

  • Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants that Impact People with COPD

    According to a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey conducted in 2011, approximately 5.4% of residents in Texas had been told they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by a healthcare professional.  That equates to over 1.3 million residents of the state that are afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New York Building Science Consultants Identify Indoor Pollutants that Impact People with COPD

    According to a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey conducted in 2011, 5.9% of residents in New York had been told they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by a health care professional.  That year, the percentage equated to over 1.15 million residents of the state being afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. COPD ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Puerto Rico’s Air Quality Professionals Identify Indoor Allergens & Pollutants to Help those Suffering from COPD

    In Puerto Rico, over 3% of the population suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD. That amounts to close to 110,000 residents who are afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems.   COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and in some cases asthma.  The National Heart, Lung ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Preventing Exposures to Vinyl Chloride and Other Occupational Chemical Hazards in Puerto Rico

    Vinyl chloride is an important industrial chemical that is produced in large quantities as a chemical intermediate for use in manufacturing other products. This includes polyvinyl chloride or PVC as it is commonly known. PVC is used to make a wide variety of plastic products, including pipes, wire and cable coatings, and packaging materials.  While this chemical compound is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Puerto Rico`s IAQ Experts Identify Indoor Asthma Triggers

    According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 12 adults has asthma and 1 in 11 children suffers from the condition in the United States. The CDC also reports that 9 people die from asthma each day and that the condition costs the country $56 billion each year. Although there is no cure for asthma, the condition can be treated with medications and by avoiding ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Toxic Dangers in the Home: More Common than Most People Realize

    A recent article, “Seven toxic dangers to avoid in your home” discusses common environmental and health dangers in the typical home.  It was published this week on EmaxHealth’s website.  The article offers information about a number of toxins that many people don’t even realize are present and could cause them harm. Included in the article was information about ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Is Your Furniture Emitting Formaldehyde?

    Did you know that furniture and building materials may release noxious gas into air? The process, known as off-gassing, can pose a serious threat to a family’s health as they breathe in volatile chemicals.   Major sources of one such chemical, formaldehyde, are pressed wood products manufactured with adhesive resins, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The resins ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and to avoid secondhand smoke. The second ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Study reveals new cancer risk from IAQ pollutants in household dust

    According to a new government report, commonly used pavement sealers containing cancer-causing substances are showing up in household dust. The report comes from research that was conducted in Austin, Texas by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).Sealcoats used on driveways, playgrounds and parking lots made with coal tar appear to be the major culprit. According to the USGS report, ...


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