Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Don’t rely on ozone to clean the air

Ozone generators, used to get rid of the stik of cigarette smoke, do more harm than good, a new study shows.

The ozone mixes with nicotine to form more harmful chemicals that, because they are extremely small, can get deep into the lungs, according to researchers at the Univeristy of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

It has been well-established for years that air filtration systems don’t clean the air of the harmful chemicals in secondhand smoke — they just take the smell out of the air. This new research underscores the fact that the only way to ensure clean indoor air is to be smokefree.

The study was funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program of the University of California Office of the President.

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