Cleaning may be as dangerous as smoking

Need a reason to put down your cleaning spray? Researchers say it could be bad for your health.

Regularly using cleaning products can have as much of an impact on your lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway analyzed data from more than 6,200 people who used cleaning products over two decades. The participants had an average age of 34 when they enrolled in the study.

The researchers found that women who either cleaned at home or who had a job where they cleaned had a decline in their lung function that was equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day....more