July 27 2006 – The US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced the results of a study of various volatile organic compounds and their affect on lung health. Although 11 chemicals were studied, one of them, “1,4 DiChloroBenzine”, was found to cause significant harm to lung function. 1,4 DiChloroBenzine, a white solid compound that smells like mothballs, is found in room deodorizers, urinal and toilet ball fresheners, and in products sold to control moths. This substance was found in the bloodstream of 96 percent of the 953 adults aged 20 to 59 years of age who participated in this study. While further studies will likely continue, the results obviously indicate that people should avoid using this type of air freshener and should avoid exposing themselves to this substance outside their homes.

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