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technical & practice

It seems that these days, if there are social problems, the answer is to reduce the use of the thing that is allegedly causing the problem. Too much pollution? Why not reduce energy use? Too many road accidents? Why not reduce the number of cars on the road? Too many smokers? Why not ban smoking?

The idea that there are technical solutions to many issues seems to be a thing of the past, so it is nice to see that the makers of Honeywell air cleaners use the slogan, 'Banish the Smoke, Not the Smoker'.

Honeywell offers a large range of electrostatic air cleaners for commercial use but which have applications on a domestic scale. Large smoke particles are caught in the front mesh filter, while the smaller particles are dealt with much more subtly. Particulates are given an intensive electrical charge and are then drawn onto aluminium plates, as if by a magnet. As there are no filter holes at this layer, all 'smoke, dust, bacteria, viruses, pollen and other pollutant airborne particles are caught'. The air which comes out of the machine is therefore cleaner than most non-smoking environments.

It is law in some parts of New York State that smokers who stand outside a non-smoking building in order to have a cigarette, are not allowed to stand within 7m of a doorway, lest anyone entering or leaving the building develops a lung disease through passive inhalation.

Buy air filters now to save our sanity.Contact www. europe. hbc. honeywell. com

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