As you welcome the new year, you might look for ways to improve your home environment. Since your home is one of your most significant investments, a previous post entitled ‘Home Improvement Trends To Pay Attention To In 2023’ remains relevant coming into 2024. Such transformations include energy efficiency upgrades through intelligent thermostats and solar panels, as they help you save on utility bills while also protecting the environment.
Another practical way to not only protect the environment but also take care of your physical health is to prevent exposure to cigarette smoke in your own home. Considering nearly 12 of every 100 adults in the US smoke cigarettes, your home renovations and improvements must address smoking to avoid polluting the air and increasing the risk of chronic diseases like lung cancer. Fortunately, using smart technology can help protect your home from harmful tobacco smoke — here are a few ways how.
Wearable technology to help cigarette smokers quit
If you or any of the household members smoke, a straightforward way to reduce first- and secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke is to kick the habit. However, instead of simply quitting cold turkey, individuals can tap into the potential of wearable technology to monitor smoking patterns and ease the cessation process. For instance, the SmokeMon smart necklace uses heat signatures from thermal sensors to determine when a cigarette is lit, how much the person inhales with every puff, and how long they have a cigarette in their mouth — thus predicting when to intervene to prevent relapses.
Similarly, another wearable in the form of a smartwatch can preemptively intervene in smoking behaviors and help users with long-term cessation. A 2022 article in the IEEE Internet of Things Journal notes how internal sensors in a user’s smartwatch and a finger sensor system can monitor pre-smoking activities like grabbing a pack of cigarettes and lighting a cigarette. The smart device can then alert the user before they can relapse and discourage them from future smoking behaviors. Since these devices can be discreetly worn inside your home, they can help reduce the urge to smoke indoors and keep your home smoke-free.
Smart home technology to reduce exposure to tobacco smoke
Besides wearable devices, you can also equip your home with smart detection systems to ensure that nobody smokes in your home, whether they’re a household member or a guest. Instead of relying on traditional smoke detectors, consider using specialized cigarette smoke detection sensors that alert you in real-time if someone inside your property is smoking. One example is the 3D Sense Cigarette Smoker by Triton, which detects cigarettes, vapes, and marijuana and can send smart alerts via SMS, email, and app notifications for an accurate record of smoking activity even if you’re not at home.
Other ways to keep your home smoke-free
Switch to smokeless alternatives
Since quitting smoking can be a challenging process, you can encourage the smokers you live with to switch to smokeless alternatives like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Oral NRT products like gums, lozenges, and pouches can discreetly curb urges and cravings without emitting smoke or odor. Moreover, VELO nicotine pouches are 100% tobacco-free, meaning they don’t contain harmful chemicals like tar, carbon monoxide, or TSNAs in tobacco smoke. Users can select from various flavors like the best-selling mint and wintergreen, as well as strength options from 2-7mg to suit their nicotine needs and thus help them quit.
Use an air purifier with HEPA filter
Even when smokers in the household have successfully kicked the habit, thirdhand smoke can build up in the home and stay in the air. Fortunately, the Blueair Blue Pure Max air purifiers have dedicated HEPA filters that improve airflow and clean thirdhand smoke residue accumulated on surfaces like carpets, furniture, walls, floors, and ceilings. They are also equipped with HEPASilent technology to ensure maximum filtration and minimum noise disturbance.
By looking into smart technology, smokeless alternatives, and air purification systems, you can enjoy a smoke-free home and live healthier despite the adverse effects of cigarettes, cigars, and similar smoking products.