Burning a candle seems like an innocent habit. Studies suggest otherwise. Researchers have found that most scented candles emit as many toxins as diesel fumes and cigarettes. A study conducted by scientists at the University of Copenhagen found exposure to fumes from burning candles could cause more damage than the same dose of diesel exhaust. This toxic candle smoke led to pneumonia and toxicity, arteriosclerosis and cancer.
Candles Contain Lead
Did you know that almost 40 percent of all candles on the market contain lead wires inside their wicks? These lead wires release 5 X amounts of lead that is considered dangerous for children and exceed EPA’s ambient air pollution standards. Exposure to high levels of lead has been linked to ADHD, ADD, asthma, allergies, hormone disorders and more.
Candles are Made with a Petroleum Byproduct
Most candles contain paraffin. It is a petroleum byproduct. In other words, it is industrial waste. It releases carcinogenic soot into the air when heated. This soot very damages the lungs and causes respiratory problems.
In addition, most candles contain these toxic ingredients
- Acetone: Toxic to the lungs
- Benzene: Causes damage to the reproductive system
- 2-Butanone: A known human respiratory toxicant
- Cresol: Causes allergies
- Carbon monoxide
- Phenol: One of the most dangerous ingredients
- Styrene: Can cause cancer
- Toluene: produces diesel as fumes
Unfortunately, there are no regulations or standards when it comes to candle production. Make the right choice, look for non-toxic all-natural candles, or make your own.