Joss sticks danger to health

Breathing in incense smoke over a prolonged period could be dangerous for your health, the Ministry of Public Health has warned.

The ministry believes the dust and toxic substances that make up the smoke could cause cancer.

Phonthep Sirinarangsan, chief of the Department of Health, said carcinogenic substances are emitted from the burning of glue, sawdust and perfume present in joss sticks.

Incense smoke also contains pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, which can cause sore eyes, drowsiness and headaches.

Some people may even fall unconscious if exposed to the smoke for long periods, Dr Phonthep warned.

Consumers are advised to use short joss sticks, place their incense pots in well-ventilated areas and wash their hands after using incense. If necessary, they should rinse out their eyes as well.

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Discussion 1 : 22/01/2014 at 03:00 PM
Not just Joss sticks but mosquito coils too
Discussion 2 : 22/01/2014 at 02:17 PM
Organisers or Temple committee members need to install ventalition fans to exhaust the smoke from any enclosures(temple or temporary tents)..... Its is the job of the authorities of location concerned to 'advise' the temple committee members.....
Discussion 3 : 22/01/2014 at 11:16 AM
Burning plastic bags is much, much worse.

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