Avoid Firecrackers to Help Asthmatic Children

by Kathy Jones on  November 5, 2010 at 12:42 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
A public service initiative conducted by Cipla has urged people across the country to desist from bursting firecrackers since poisonous gases from the crackers are harmful to children suffering from asthma.
 Avoid Firecrackers to Help Asthmatic Children
Avoid Firecrackers to Help Asthmatic Children

According to a new study carried out by Chest Research Foundation, bursting of firecrackers increase the sulphur dioxide levels more than 200 times the safety limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Every year around Diwali, there are about 10-15 asthma patients in my clinic who require emergency treatment due to aggravation of symptoms. Some even require hospitalisation. From Diwali till the end of February there are about 30-40 per cent more cases of asthma in the clinic. It only makes sense for all to restrict if not completely avoid firecrackers and show concern for others," Dr Vijay Warad, Paediatric Pulmonologist, Sai Multispecialty Hospital and Consultant, Sahyadri hospital said.

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), IPF, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments worsen with use of firecrackers. So this Diwali, consumers can shun firecrackers and help kids with asthma.

Source: Medindia

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As part of World Environment [WE], can we have this initiative in your localities to celebrate this Diwali ‘2010 without crackers?
Our present condition of high pollution in the city will further deteriorate during this festival season because of highly polluting crackers.
Being responsible citizens, join hands with any environmental groups to prevent from bursting crackers in the city and celebrate "HAPPY DIWALI WITHOUT CRAKERS". Kindly restrain from purchasing / bursting crackers which amount to environmental degradation like air, water, land and ground water pollution causing accidents [burns and loss of sight, deaths], health hazards, and inconvenience to asthma patients, infants, pregnant women and senior citizens.
Like minded individuals can spread this message in and around your locality. They can add their suggestions to avoid the ‘Environmental Degradation’ due to bursting of crackers and help us to keep sustenance of our good environs and resources.
Read and forward this mail among your family and friends. LIVE and LET LIVE...... LET US SAVE GOOD ENVIRONS TO OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS!
Kumar K S

PrinceKumarKS Monday, November 8, 2010

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