Lung Foundation: Don't be in rocket smoke in asthma
In the run-up to New Year's Eve, the German Lung Foundation recommends that asthma patients do not stand in the smoke of New Year's Eve firecrackers and New Year's Eve rockets. The smoke can lead to acute attacks and discomfort.
Asthmatics should not stand directly on the New Year's night and not in the wind direction of the smoke from New Year's Eve hits and rockets. Prof. Harald Morr from the German Lung Foundation in Hanover advises those affected to keep a safe distance or best to watch the fireworks from the closed window. Otherwise the fine dust could lead to severe complaints. There is a risk of breathing difficulties, coughing fits and threatening asthma attacks.
Morr bases his statement on a recently published Spanish study. According to this, most firework products contain numerous toxic metal compounds, the particles of which are only a few micrometers in size can penetrate deep into the lungs when inhaled. According to the lung specialist, a high level of pollution is to be expected, especially on New Year's Eve. For this reason, patients with lung disease should postpone a New Year's walk the next day to later hours when the toxic smoke has completely cleared. The Spanish scientists had found that the pollution level can still be clearly measured a few days after December 31. (sb)
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