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Will you continue to use scented candles?

It has recently been reported in the Daily Mail and on the BBC News that lives are being put at risk saying that scented candles, along with everyday kitchen products, faulty boilers, open fires, fly sprays, air fresheners, deodorants, DIY and cleaning products, can cause harm as they contribute to poor indoor air quality.

The headline was:  “The silent killer in your home: Scented candles and air fresheners ‘are adding to pollution that kills 40,000 people a year in UK'”

The warning comes from a joint study by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to be published this week. The danger of pollution in the street from car fumes is well understood, but many people are ignorant of the risks from air inside the home. The report warns that while young children and the elderly are particularly sensitive to air pollution, it can have an adverse impact on all age groups.

The report, Every Breath We Take, warns that at least 40,000 deaths a year in the UK can be linked to the effect of air pollution outside and inside the home.

Will this latest report make you rethink about the air quality in your home?  Do you burn scented candles and have plug-in air fresheners? Will you continue to use these products? Will you still but them as gifts?

Will you continue to use scented candles?

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anf
27th Jan 2017
0
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Never use them, can't stand the smell.
suzij64
20th Oct 2016
0
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I have loads of scented candles. Funnily enough I rarely light them because they have a nice fragrance as they are, unlit. There is also a lot to be said about aromatherapy and certain scents having a positive effect on people. I have the windows open as much as possible and the back door too, weather permitting, so I'm not too worried about indoor air pollution. I also have reed diffusers. I do try to avoid the spray types and the plug in fresheners (cutting back on electricity usage!) I don't have a problem with other people using whatever they choose.
nome
13th Jul 2016
0
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Really - I know sometime in the very distant future, beyond our lives I hope, everyone will be putting masks on along with the clothes, automatically.]
But for now, without being ridiculous, if something smells nice, gives a pleasant and calm atmosphere, carry on burning. People are not dropping dead as they did in the 50s was it, when smog in London was fatal and people did wear masks.
Fruitcake13
1st Apr 2016
0
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I have no problem with scented candles, but only light them very occasionally, as I find that just having the unlit scented candles in a room creates a light, pleasant fragrance.
Hamsterchic
1st Apr 2016
0
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All I use is an old air freshener bottle which has a plastic conical top I fill the bottle with a mix of water and Zoflora. There's a cotton type wick to take the liquid into the top bit. I'm not allowed candles since I had a fire in my flat 6 years ago.
Barbara58
1st Apr 2016
0
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People are always gifting me scented candles. They look very pretty. I don't light them, so they will ALWAYS look very pretty!
There are always candles in my Church, to be lit by visitors in memory of loved ones.
Should I warn the Vic?
iestynlad
18th Mar 2016
0
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If I were in room 101 my first choice to chuck something out would be scented candles - loathe them! Fire risk yes definitely! I only keep candles here in case we have a power cut.
MoMcC7
8th Mar 2016
0
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Of course i will keep using scented candles, common sense to open windows as well.
lizfid3
1st Mar 2016
1
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I open my windows every day regardless of the weather so the house is well aired out. I've used candles, joss sticks and wax tartlets for years and am not stopping now. Is this another of these "expert" warnings which will be turned on its head a few years down the line by another set of "experts"?
PatTatt
28th Feb 2016
0
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I have used them on and off for a great number of years so will continue.I do not use them every day, only occasionally. Also use joss sticks, does it apply to them too?
Dora Millarvie
27th Feb 2016
3
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If i had taken account of every do or don't survey I doubt I'd have lived to tell the tale
Soozie63
27th Feb 2016
3
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I have so many candles to use there is no way I am wasting them!
Christiana
27th Feb 2016
1
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Dont burn candles not after catching the curtains alight-do burn josssticks in house especially in summer - also when I'm in the garden on hot summers day
sparrer
26th Feb 2016
1
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I have COPD and scented candles, incense sticks etc aggravate my lungs to make breathing very uncomfortable. Gave up using them 9 years ago when I was first diagnosed and feel the benefit. I always know if someone has one in their room as I immediately struggle to breathe.
Ang35
26th Feb 2016
0
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My husband made me stop when he had to decorate the ceiling more frequently ! Now I use battery operated ones which look real.
mrscomfyman
26th Feb 2016
1
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I'm fed up of being told what's bad for me! I will only have one life and I intend to enjoy it while I can.
Patholmes
26th Feb 2016
0
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Sorry, we all have to depart this life at some time. What's the point in prolonging our lives at the cost of being to scared to enjoy what we have.
Tennyson
26th Feb 2016
2
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Use one in the kitchen after cooking in the winter if you buy good ones the smell is just beautiful will not stop using
lufcMike
26th Feb 2016
1
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We use a t-light inside a block of HIMALAYAN Salt bought from Free Spirit Company on the website and this after a few hours has cured a chestiness which has been a nuisance all winter even though we have a window open to let fresh air in.
They claim it cleans the air in a room due to the product the tea light burns in and we are both happy with the result.
sagagirl
26th Feb 2016
1
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Is it just scented candles you shouldn't use or everything.
I use a fragrance lamp for 30mins at a time & dont know if that's included too.
mags3845
26th Feb 2016
2
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They only become a real problem if they are used continually for a long time and you never open your window !!
wiffler
25th Feb 2016
1
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Don't like artificial scents of any kind. All full of harmful chemicals. Ignoring the chemical issue, candles may smell nice when lit. Blow them out and poo what a stink. Also you will find a grey spot on your ceiling where the smoke settles..
Tallulahbelle
25th Feb 2016
4
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Will continue to use them as their great for masking cooking smells especially garlic but also like to have my windows open in the good weather
pauline young
25th Feb 2016
0
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Never have used them, don't like the smell , it's so false !
BirdofParadise
25th Feb 2016
1
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I stopped using Yankee candles last year purely because of the smoke and smell when you put them out' I now buy flameless candles and will be using air fresheners less because I have noticed I cough when I do use them.
greatDane11
25th Feb 2016
1
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I have bought specific candles in the past, but I find most of them have a synthetic smell. So no I don't buy room scented plug ins either. same reason.
HJR58
25th Feb 2016
1
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I only use them occasionally anyway. Probably won't buy them as presents again though.
charliegirl
25th Feb 2016
1
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Ha ha! That should be cooking SMELLS! Curse predictive text!!
charliegirl
25th Feb 2016
0
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I have only recently begun to use scented candles, and will continue to do so for short periods of time where they can take away strong cooking times.
I had to ask my daughter in law to unplug her air fresheners if I was in her house for any length of time, as they made my chest ache and I would start coughing.
I even choke on my husband's deodorant blow-back!
Annabella
25th Feb 2016
2
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Yes I would be continuing using scented candles,the only reason I will be is that I dont light that often and when I do it's only for a short time. I don't use many cleaning products, has I like to use my stream clearer it does a better job.
leee
25th Feb 2016
4
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I have lung conditions and have major breathing problems with scented candles, any sprays, deodorants etc. I also can't go into anywhere using them. Lush is awful even just passing the shop!! I know that this is because of my medical conditions but I do wonder what these things do to all of us without people being aware.
Marley444
24th Feb 2016
5
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Another bit of research which implies that being alive is deadly! I think everything in moderation; what we eat, sunbathing and alcohol and now scented candles I will not make my choices based on research which changes all the time. One week we are told that we should drink a glass of red wine/dark chocolate/coffee/tea etc. Then this advice is changed. I do think that if you are lucky enough to have made it to 50 then you can make sensible judgements for yourself. As for scented candles ... I will still use the ones I have, but I may think twice about buying more. My daughters love scented candles and burn them frequently, and I have mentioned to them perhaps they should reconsider. I have always had the view that living in this modern developed world with all the chemicals used in food and toiletries etc, we must be increasing our chance of getting cancer. It is almost impossible to eliminate everything from our life without living in a sealed bubble. The chance we all take everyday I guess!
Alicia
24th Feb 2016
3
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Neither of us can tolerate synthetic perfumes or chemicals due to medical conditions.
Pussk2
24th Feb 2016
5
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Open the windows more. We were brought up with draughty single glazed windows, no heating save for an open fire in our main living room which, when the wind was blowing the wrong way had a tendency to smoke into the room and not up the chimney. We are all alive and well.
JGI
25th Feb 2016
1
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The previous owner of our house used candles everywhere it took forever using stain block before we could decorate
greatDane11
25th Feb 2016
1
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Snap, open windows let in fresh air, it cost's nothing, and is not chemically modified...at least not yet!
HJR58
25th Feb 2016
2
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I always open the bedroom and bathroom Windows during the day. I notice many of my neighbours don't.
Wilf
24th Feb 2016
4
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It worrying that so much of our daily lives seems to be dangerous and polluting-cars, power stations, aeroplanes, alcohol, food and now all the products we use in our own homes. Be interesting to see if you were not exposed to any of these how much longer the average person would live.
JohnHerb
24th Feb 2016
6
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My wife used scented candles but only on rare occasions. I also read this report in the news yesterday and it mentioned household sprays and and wood burners. We use both and we love our wood burner when it gets really cold it pours out loads of heat and is cheap to use. I am sure all these things are harmful but come on lets get a grip...we could all live in a bubble in the South Pacific on a remote island but living in the UK in a normal household you will be exposed to all these "hazards" and how bad are they really in moderation for the average Brit???

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