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Joss stick smoke number one cause of cancer in Thais - expert

Joss stick smoke number one cause of cancer in Thais - expert

The Ministry of Public Health revealed that smoke from joss sticks has been the number one cause of death from cancer among Thais.

Friday 27 January 2012, 09:47AM


Ms. Kanyarat Kiatsupa, PR officer for Chonburi, has quoted the Ministry of Public Health's warning to the public about the danger from joss stick smoke during the Chinese New Year celebration, NNT reported.

Citing information from the Ministry, Ms. Kanyarat said that smoke from incense has a very high level of carcinogen and that lung cancer has been one of the major causes of death among Thais.

She went on to say that while up to 90 per cent of lung cancer patients developed the symptom from smoking, Health officials found that more than 50 per cent of female patients do not smoke nor were second-smokers. Further finding has concluded that these patients have got cancer from joss stick smoke.

According to data from the Ministry of Public Health, smoke from incense carries three types of carcinogen, including benzene, butadiene, and benzoepyrene. It was also found that one joss stick can produce as much as 325 grams of carbon dioxide and 7 grams of methane.

Studies also stated that joss stick smoke could be the cause of many kinds of cancer, such as leukemia, hematologic cancer and bladder cancer.

Ms. Kanyarat is calling on related state offices to launch a campaign to build awareness on dangers of joss stick smoke among the public, the news service reported.

To avoid such dangers, joss sticks that have been lit up and used while offering prayers must be quickly extinguished to curb the impact of the deadly smoke.

– NNT

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