Perhaps there should be a warning attached to the burning of incense. The study is the first to evaluate the health risks associated with the use of this product indoors. Cigarette smoke and incense smoke’s effects were also compared, and the results surprised some people. Rong Zhou had led the research led by the South China University of Technology and China Tobacco Guangdong Industrial Company in China, and the study has been published in Environmental Chemistry Letters by Springer. It is a traditional and common practice in many Asian families as well as at many temples. Aside from being used for religious purposes, many appreciate its pleasant scent as well. Particles of matter are released as a result of the burning process. The inflammatory reaction can occur when this is breathed in. It can become trapped in the lungs. Incense is a source of air pollution that has not been studied much, even though it has been linked to the development of lung cancer, childhood leukemia, In order to assess the risks associated with incense smoke in the home, Zhao’s team conducted research. Furthermore, the authors compared their results for the first time with mainstream studies that have examined smoking. Testing was carried out on two types of incense. Researchers also measured the effects of incense and cigarette smoke on salmonella strains and the ovary cells of Chinese hamsters using tests of incense and cigarette smoke. These were two of the most common ingredients used in the production of this product. Smoke from incense has been found to be mutagenic, meaning that its chemical properties have the potential to alter DNA and stimulate the growth of As a result, this substance was significantly more cytotoxic and genotoxic than the cigarette the incense smoke has the potential to be toxic to a cell, especially the genetic material inside it. The development of cancer is thought to be related to mutagenics, genotoxins, and cytotoxins.
There is a very high likelihood that health effects will arise from incense smoke because almost all of it is composed of ultrafine and fine particles (99 percent). The four incense smoke samples contained 64 compounds when taken together. Two of the samples have ingredients that are known to be highly toxic. Some of these are irritants or can cause only minor irritation (hypotoxic). “There needs to be greater awareness and management of the health risks associated with burning incense in indoor environments,” says Zhou, who hopes the findings will contribute to the evaluation of incense products and the introduction of measures to reduce exposure to smoke. Although he warns against simply concluding that incense smoke is more toxic than cigarette smoke, he does add that one should not simply assume it is. In addition to the small sample size, there is a large variety of incense sticks available on the market, as well as differences in how they are used compared to cigarettes.