A lot of people first think that the real danger of candles is the fire hazard aspect of having them in the home. However, the University of South Carolina, under the leadership of Dr. Amid Hamidi, carried out a study that aimed at finding out more about the potential side effects of the smoke that is produced by paraffin-based candles. They arrived at the conclusion that a prolonged exposure to smoke from these candles is just as bad as that of cigarettes. For this reason, alternatives such as flameless tea lights are a preferred option.
Over the years, many people have spoken up about the harmful effects of smoking cigarettes. However, following the findings of this study, there is a need to increase awareness of the health risks that one exposes themselves to by inhaling the smoke produced by candles for a long time.
It was brought to light that carcinogen is produced as a candle burns. This among other chemicals ultimately puts people who inhale the fumes at a risk getting asthma. These hazardous chemicals are produced because candles burn at low temperatures which cannot avert the effects of the molecules that are present in the fumes.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency also contributed to uncovering more information about the consequences of candle fumes. They stated that the scented candles produce more soot compared to the ones which are not scented. The evil in this is not in the additional soot but in the particles which are left. These particles were deemed as being harmful because they can lead to respiratory challenges when they are inhaled for a continuous period.