Using ozone to eliminate cigarette residue may be more hazardous

08/16/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

U.S. researchers found that the combination of the chemical ozone with nicotine and similar byproducts of cigarette smoke results in ultrafine aerosols that penetrate more deeply into the lungs, possibly increasing the risk of asthma. The findings imply that ozone generators, which are used to eliminate cigarette smoke odor in cars and dwellings, may produce more disease-causing compounds than the thirdhand smoke it seeks to eliminate.

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