Smoke of firecracker can cause lung cancer

Published On: October 27, 2016 07:55 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: Are you buying firecrackers to explode during Tihar for fun and gaiety? Beware, here is how deleterious effect of the firecrackers blast can be- one can suffer cancer! 

The Primary Health Development Centre (PHDC) has urged one and all to be cautious while blasting explosive substances as firecrackers during the festivals like Dipawali and Chath as they are hazardous to human health and environment. 

Chances are that the smoke of such firecrackers, namely Bhuichampa, could infect the lungs, cause cancer and heart attack, according to the Centre's Acting Director Shantaram Mulmi. 

Mulmi explained that the white flames in the burning firecrackers contain harmful substances as aluminum which could adversely impact human's mind and lung. "The red flame in the burning firecracker contains lithium and strontium which could retard the growth of bones in babies," he underscored. 

Mulmi, issuing a press statement on Wednesday, has drawn the attention of the users towards the adverse effects of such firecrackers on human health as on the environment for it pollutes air. 

"The emission of harmful gases as sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the burning firecrackers could cause lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. One may succumb to death untimely due to the toxic gases coming out from the burning crackers," reads the statement. 

The Center has also urged the government to monitor the import, production and usage of such explosive substances blasted for fun and frolic during the festivals. RSS 

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