Sam walks out of the pub to smoke and after a couple of minutes he’s back in the bar with his friends drinking. When it’s time for them to leave, they walk happily to his car to return home. Hardly has he buckled his safety-belt that out comes the cigarette and he starts smoking.

His friends, who happen to be non-smokers, are in a few minutes engulfed in smoke. But they are now used to it. The thought that secondhand smoking accounts for thousands of cases of respiratory, cardiovascular and cancer deaths every year, never ever crossed their minds.

Secondhand smoking is serious! So serious that the state of California has already banned smoking in cars carrying children. The decision was based on evidence which showed that a car can be 23 times more toxic than a house in the context of passive smoke. Some European countries, like Cyprus and the Netherlands, have also banned smoking in cars carrying children. Smoking in cars is becoming a bigger problem, now that car pooling between friends and work colleagues is on the increase.

The British Medical Journal made reference to a study carried out at John Hopkins Bloomber School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, in which researchers studied 17 smokers and 5 non-smokers who commuted to and from work for 30 minutes or longer.

2 passive airborne nicotine samplers were placed in the cars - one at the front passenger seat headrest and one in the back seat behind the driver – for a 24 hour period. Using gas chromatography, the researchers analysed the 44 samplers gathered and found there was a two-fold (1.96) increase in air nicotine concentrations per cigarette smoked. Air nicotine concentrations in smokers’ motor vehicles were “strikingly higher” than non-detectable concentrations found in non-smokers’ cars. The researchers estimated that nicotine concentrations were twice as strong in smokers’ cars as levels measured by other studies in public/private places, and 40 per cent to 50 per cent higher than those in restaurants/bars that permit smoking. Factors such as size of vehicle and use of ventilation made a difference to the results, although opening the windows did not eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.

Alta Care Laboratoires, while being in total agreement with the above mentioned findings, has launched 2 anti-oxidant products that should be of great help both to smokers and non-smokers. People need to be further informed on the value and importance of anti-oxidants.

Nicosolven CoQ10 Liquid Capsules are important for people who live in polluted cities or places. Nicosolven's anti-oxidant efficacy is beneficial both to smokers and non-smokers as a prevention. The preventive anti-oxidant benefits of CoQ10 are well known. CoQ10 maintains a healthy heart and contributes to the improvement of immune functions. Moreover, these capsules, being liquid, have the advantage of being absorbed directly by the body without having to go through any break-down stages. Thus the active ingredients in liquid form are absorbed faster than if they were in solid form.

Another Alta Care Laboratoires product with antioxidants is Nicosolven Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that might offer immune, cardiovascular and central nervous system benefits. Prevention with astaxanthin in polluted areas may also benefit eye health, brain health, and reduce inflammation. As a result of its powerful antioxidant effects, some studies have suggested that astaxanthin might enhance endurance and speed recovery time after strenuous exercise in smokers. Nicosolven is also ideal the morning after a night of partying.

If you are hooked on smoking, or if you happen to be a regular passenger in a smoker driven car, or if your respiratory system is continually exposed to smoke or fumes of some kind, Nicosolven CoQ10 or Nicosolven Astaxanthin is a must. Alta Care Laboratoires recommends 1 or 2 capsules a day, or as recommended by your pharmacist or doctor.

Nicosolven CoQ10 is made in France and is available in all pharmacies.




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