Incense Causes Cancer

by Rathi Manohar on  March 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM Environmental Health   - G J E 4
Cancer can be caused by the incense burnt in Thailand's Buddhist temples, according to a study that has prompted the health ministry to release a set of guidelines.
 Incense Causes Cancer
Incense Causes Cancer

The three temples studied were far from the overpopulated and traffic-filled streets, so that other kinds of pollution did not feature in the problem. The culprit was incense smoke that had dangerous levels of benzene, butadiene and benzopyrene which can pose the risk of leukemia and lung, skin and bladder cancers.

Thailand's public health ministry's set of guidelines suggest that lighting incense in areas that are not properly ventilated should be avoided and that shorter joss sticks that burn quickly should be used. Health officials have sounded the caution to minimize the danger to worshippers and temple workers.

Source: Medindia

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I never knew that incense is made up of these dangerous chemicals! Now, I know. Thanks to this article. I think it's really important that temples or in other areas where incense is lighted has great ventilation. It's good that the government has issued warnings about the use of incense and has released guidelines about its use.
ennairam_23 Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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