Lung Institute Asks Public to Breathe Clean Air and Lung Proof Their Homes in Support of Healthy Lung Month

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(PRWEB) October 08, 2013

This week, <a href="” rel=”nofollow”>Lung Institute is disbanding the misconception that harmful air pollutants are only an outside occurrence, and gives insight into how one can actually lung proof their home. This initiative is in support of <a href="” title=”Healthy Lung Month” rel=”nofollow”>Healthy Lung Month, and is meant to raise awareness about the rapid escalation of lung disease in the United States.

Pollutants occurring within the household can actually be more harmful than those found outdoors. Some common lung irritants found within the home include: lead, formaldehyde, radon, cleaning agent vapors, and fire-retardants. Natural pollutants also easily make their way into the home, including pet dander, dust mites, and mold. So how can the general public, and especially those with lung disease, avoid these lung damaging agents?

This week’s tips:

•Stay Clean

•Stay Green

•Stay Natural

•Test for Radon

•Test Humidity

•Smoke Free

•Properly Ventilate

This week’s article is listed below and features expert advice from Jamie DiLorenzo, Lung Institute’s Physician Assistant. Over the last 10 years, DiLorenzo has been helping a number of patients as a Registered Nurse Practitioner. At the Lung Institute, DiLorenzo provides direct patient assessment and manages all patient care protocols.

Stay tuned, each week in October, the medical staff at Lung Institute, is offering free pulmonary health advice to the public on subjects like healthy lung diet, and exercises for lung health.

About Lung Institute

At Lung Institute (LI), we are changing the lives of hundreds of people across the nation through the innovative technology of regenerative medicine. We are committed to providing patients a more effective way to address pulmonary conditions and improve quality of life. Our physicians, through their designated practices, have gained worldwide recognition for the successful application of revolutionary minimally invasive stem cell therapies. With over a century of combined medical experience, our doctors have established a patient experience designed with the highest concern for patient safety and quality of care. Visit our website at or call us today at 1-855-469-5864 for more information.


Take a Deep Breath of Fresh Air: 7 Tips to Lung Proof the Home

When people think of pollution, they commonly think about dirty big cities with haze, smog, and ozone hanging in the air. There is definite validity that these substances damage the lungs with extended exposure, but what about the air inside the home?

It is a common misconception that the air outside of the home is more polluted than the air indoors. When in reality, the air inside can actually be even more polluted, and even more dangerous to the lungs, than the air outside. This is especially concerning for people who already have some form of lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, or emphysema.

So how does one clean up the air they are breathing inside the home? Follow these simple steps to protect the lungs and breathe easier.

•Stay Clean: Buy a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce lead, chemical build-up, and allergens such as pet dander in the home. Follow this step by mopping with a microfiber mop to soak up any leftover particles. This highly effective filter captures 99.97% of particles in the air, including dangerous flame retardant chemicals, referred to as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and allergens such as pet dander and pollen.

•Stay Green: Fill the home with plants! Indoor plants help purify the air, removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene. Spider plants and aloe vera plants are good choices for the home.

•Stay Natural: Fragrances in cleaning products, laundry detergents, and air fresheners can all damage the lungs. Opt for fragrance-free whenever possible.

•Test for Radon: Test for radon in the home. This colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Radon detectors are inexpensive and available at most hardware stores or online.

•Test Humidity: Keeping a normal level of humidity in the home will help reduce the likelihood of dust mites and mold, two common allergens. Healthy levels should be in-between 30% to 50%, anything over or under this range should be supplemented with the use of a humidifier or dehumidifier.

•Smoke Free: This one is simple, keep lungs smoke-free. This includes, smoke from cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and even cooking. Make sure to vent a window when cooking or running the dishwasher in the home. Use an exhaust fan if there isn’t a window nearby. Ask friends to limit their smoking to outside the home, far enough away that second-hand smoke is not be a factor.

•Properly Ventilate: Open a window. Stagnant air inside the home needs circulation, there is no better way to introduce fresh air inside the home than to open a window. Also, make sure the ventilation systems are in working order. Clean filters weekly, to ensure the home is properly ventilated.

Following these tips will help the air inside the home remain clean. Breathing is one of the most vital functions of the human body. It is essential to keep the breathing mechanism, or lungs, healthy and clean to support life. Don’t ever take for granted a breath of fresh air, it is what gives life. To learn more helpful tips about lung health read more on our blog at

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E-Cigs and the API Community

This article argues for the wider acceptance of e-cigs as a harm reduction tool for the Asian-Pacific Islander community and other groups harmed by cigarette smoking:


Widespread use of tobacco cigarettes is a public health issue of particular concern to the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) population. According to Oakland-based Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), tobacco smoking is associated with three of the top killers of Asian Americans nationwide: heart disease, cancer and stroke. 80% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking and it is the leading cause of cancer fatalities among Asian Americans. While the American Lung Association reports Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the lowest smoking rates among adults of all racial/ethnic groups, unfortunately the true rates of smoking among APIs are often not accurately tracked because of common research practices such as dumping data collected from various Asian subgroups into one category or conducting surveys only in English.

A 2006 National Latino and Asian American Study cited by APPEAL indicated roughly 1 in 3 Vietnamese and Korean American men smoke. Last year, APPEAL conducted community-based studies in Asian languages which revealed high smoking prevalence rates among men of the following groups: Cambodian (13–58%), Chinese (11–36%), Korean (22–37%), Lao (32%), and Vietnamese (24–41%). A 2001 research paper published in the journal Tobacco Control reviewed internal tobacco industry documents from the 80s and 90s and found a concerted effort to target API communities because of their population growth, high prevalence of smoking in countries of origin, high purchasing power, cultural predisposition to smoking, high proportion of retail businesses under API ownership, and desire to assimilate. The documents also revealed Asian American women were targeted because they might connect smoking with a sign of gender equality and start “smoking more as they believe they should enjoy the same freedom as men”.

Having grown up in Hawaii, the only state with a majority API/multiracial population, I witnessed first-hand a high prevalence of smoking among Asians and Pacific Islanders, especially among working class young adults. My brother used to smoke and was fortunately able to quit (but not until after multiple failed attempts) and I myself smoked for a short period during college. A few years ago during one of my regular trips to Hawaii to spend time with family, I happened to visit Pearl Ridge Shopping Center and noticed a long line of people waiting to make purchases at a small kiosk in the middle of the mall. It turned out the kiosk sold e-cigarettes and refill cartridges. It was the first time I heard of such devices. Though I no longer smoked, it stoked my curiosity because it made me wonder what made them so popular, if they were any more addictive than regular cigarettes and if it was more harmful or less harmful. When I found out my brother quit smoking cigarettes for good with the help of an electronic cigarette two years ago, it motivated me to research it and eventually get into the industry.

The earliest documented electronic cigarette invention is attributed to Herbert Gilbert who patented a smokeless cigarette in 1963. The device allowed users to inhale nicotine steam by heating a nicotine solution but was never commercialized. Fast forward forty years to 2003, when a Chinese pharmacist, Hon Lik, created a device which used an ultrasound element to vaporize a compressed jet of propylene glycol nicotine <a href="”>liquid. In 2006, the cartomizer, a type of cartridge containing an atomizer (an innovation adopted by many major e-cig brands) was developed by British entrepreneurs Umer and Tariq Sheikh.
The nicotine <a href="”>liquids (or e-<a href="”>liquids) used in e-cigs typically contain a mix of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring and nicotine. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are products which are both found in processed foods and allow the <a href="”>liquid to be infused with flavor, vaporized and felt in the throat as it’s inhaled. The flavoring can either be synthetic or natural, depending on quality and price. There’s even flavors for health-conscious consumers made from organic fruit extracts.

Nicotine has been shown to have an adverse effect on development so it should be avoided by children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some people can have a sensitivity or allergy to nicotine as well as propylene glycol. While no studies have shown nicotine to be a cause of cancer, it has been shown to facilitate growth of cancer cells so those with cancer shouldn’t intake any form of nicotine. Nicotine increases blood pressure and heart rate so anyone with heart problems or high blood pressure should also avoid it. Since nicotine <a href="”>liquids can be absorbed through skin and often smell like food, extra care must be taken not to contact it with skin or leave e-<a href="”>liquids unattended around children and pets. e-cig users traveling on airplanes should never carry a device filled with e-<a href="”>liquid because the cabin pressure has been known to cause normally water-tight cartridges to leak.

Nicotine is also addictive, and while there needs to be more studies on long-term effects of e-cig use, the most up-to-date studies suggest that they’re a safer habit than tobacco cigarettes. According to a recent issue of the journal Addiction, scientists reported risks to users and passive bystanders from electronic cigarettes are far less than those posed by tobacco cigarette smoke, e-cigs contain fewer toxins than tobacco smoke and at much lower levels, there’s no current evidence that children move from experimenting with e-cigarettes to regular use, and conclude the products do not encourage young people to go on to conventional smoking habits. Their analysis also suggests switching to e-cigs can help tobacco smokers quit or reduce cigarette consumption. This may be due to the fact that many brands of tobacco cigarettes are treated with additives such as ammonia which increase their addictiveness and users of e-cigs can more precisely control how much nicotine they consume. E-<a href="”>liquids are typically available in 36mg, 24mg, 18mg, 12mg, 6mg and zero nicotine varieties, allowing vapers to gradually decrease nicotine consumption at their own pace if they choose to do so.

Another concern I had about e-cigs was how much Big Tobacco was profiting off the vaping trend. While Big Tobacco initially was resistant to electronic cigarettes, they have since embraced it by buying out or creating some of the largest e-cig brands in the market (mostly cheap devices with disposable cartridges and limited selection of flavors). However, unlike with tobacco cigarettes, Big Tobacco has not yet reached a monopolistic hold on the market so consumers have a wider variety of independent brands and varieties of e-cigs and e-<a href="”>liquids to choose from.

A recent multiethnic study of e-cig users in Hawaii published by the American Journal of Public Health found that smokers who used e-cigs reported higher motivation to quit, higher quitting self-efficacy, and longer recent quit duration than did other smokers. Though I have yet to come across data showing e-cig vaping prevalence rates among the API community, Judging from what I’ve seen in Hawaii, Oregon and Seattle, it seems to be catching on faster than in the general population. It wouldn’t be surprising because the Asian-Pacific Islander demographic are often sought after by marketers because they are statistically early adopters of new technologies. However, the trend is growing globally as more people become aware of relative health benefits as well as other compelling reasons to switch such as flavor variety, convenience, cost savings, fire safety, concern for physical appearance and higher social acceptability. e-cig use may not be as healthy as being completely drug-free but it has proven to be healthier than smoking tobacco cigarettes, and if it can help smokers to quit or at least switch to a healthier habit (which data from studies have supported), then it is in fact a societal trend which can greatly reduce the harm of cigarette smoking among groups most affected which includes the API community.