FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

Incense stick fumes pose a higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma as well as cancer than cigarette smoke.

No Indian puja is ever complete without ringing of bells and showing Ragarbattis (incense sticks) to the deities.
Trillions of people around the world use these to purify and freshen the air, and as an essential part of their holy ceremonies.
Recent clinical research studies  on two of the most common types of incense-sticks, agarwood and sandalwood–revealed that this everyday ritual of using agarbattis causes much more harm than good to your health. esearchers found that incense-smoke was mutagenic (causes DNA changes at cell level), genotoxic (causes genetic changes leading to cancer) and cytotoxic (so toxic that it kills your cells). In other words, incense fumes pose a higher risk of cancer than cigarette smoke. the long-term exposure to agarbatti fumes increases the risk of upper respiratory tract cancer.The pollutants released from these fumes cause inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which pass air to the lungs. This may result in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.

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