Smoke is a visible suspension of carbon or other particles in air, typically emitted from a burning substance. Substances can include tobacco, wood, various food groups, and hydrocarbons. The Mayo Clinic has stated that exposure to the toxins in secondhand smoke can cause asthma, cancer and other serious health problems. They advise considering practical steps for clearing the air.

Smoke and secondhand smoke causes or contributes to various health problems, including heart disease, lung disease and various types of cancer. Understand what’s in smoke and particularly, secondhand smoke, and consider ways to protect yourself and those you love from secondhand smoke.

What’s in Smoke and Secondhand smoke?.


Smoke and secondhand smoke contains thousands of toxic chemicals, including: carbon monoxide, chromium, cyanide, formaldehyde, lead, and polonium, a radioactive substance Dangerous particles in smoke can linger in the air for hours. They can then settle only to be re-launched when air currents place them in an area where they can be inhaled.

According to a recent Mayo Clinic article smoke particles can cause problems including:

Secondhand smoke poses additional risks for children, who are especially vulnerable to its effects. Problems include:
Secondhand smoke also causes chronic coughing, phlegm and wheezing, as well as eye and nose irritation.

How to reduce your risk from Smoke and Secondhand smoke?

The best method to reduce risk is to eliminate the source, but in many instances this is impractical or impossible to do. Because smoke particles are so small, (Click here for Micron Chart) even the best pleated filters cannot trap them effectively. To be effectively contained, smoke particles need to be charged and then attracted to a collection surface and held. The technology contained in every ECOairflow electronic air filter has been proven in numerous tests to do this very effectively. Protect your family by having your contractor install one today.

Second hand cigarette smoke hospitalizes thousands of people each year, causing asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and even lung cancer. Children are most adversely affected via the soft tissue in their developing lungs.

ECOairflow filters work against Cigarette Smoke

Pleated filters, even really expensive ones can’t effectively filter most types of smoke because they are not effective on particles smaller than .3 microns in size.  Most smoke particulate is very small (eg. carbon dust .2, cooking oil .03, burning wood .2 coal flue gas .08, oil smoke .03 and tobacco smoke .09)

ECOairflow polarized filters can effectively capture smoke particles by charging them, which causes them to be attracted to the collection surfaces of the filter, where they remain trapped. A commercial version of this technology,built by ECOairflow is used in virtually every casino in North America specifically to reduce smoke particulate.

For fresher smelling air and reduced health risk for smokers & non-smokers alike, ECOairflow is the right choice.