Lung cancer is a disease that most people will associate with smoking and there is a general lack of awareness when it comes to other contributing factors. However, recent studies are showing that lung cancer diagnoses involving non-smokers is increasing and this is largely attributed to pollution. This is something that we have been aware of at Totobobo.co.uk for years and is the reason we decided to develop a solution in the form of anti-pollution face masks.
Air pollution is a huge health concern
According to the Independent, 6,000 people every year die from lung cancer despite being classes as non-smokers. This high number of annual deaths means that lung cancer for non-smokers is a bigger killer than cervical cancer and leukaemia, to put that into perspective.
Air quality figures in the UK are of great concern, even though the government has been working to raise the standards in recent years. We have seen a big focus on plastic pollution recently but arguably less emphasis on emissions and the less visible problems that lead to air pollution.
Cancer Research UK has been trying to drive awareness of the links between cancer and air pollution and they have also highlighted that there is evidence that air pollution increases the risk of heart disease and respiratory diseases. In 2013, air pollution was identified as a cause of cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Whilst it is clear that air pollution is not as big a contributor to lung cancer as smoking is, the issue is that everyone is at risk of being affected, despite living healthy, non-smoking lifestyles. According to Cancer Research UK, around 1 in 10 lung cancer cases are a result of exposure to air pollution.
Living in areas that have particularly high levels of air pollution is therefore a big risk. Almost 2,000 areas in the UK have levels of air pollution that exceed safety limits, so more must be done to bring these levels down. People in areas where high levels of pollution have been detected can take certain measures to help reduce the impact on their health.
How to reduce your exposure to air pollution
To start with, avoiding busy roads and particularly not exercising in rush hour in a congested city centre, for example, will help to reduce inhalation of air pollution. Sometimes avoiding busy roads is not possible, so wearing a high-quality face mask is recommended to limit the effects of air pollution.
Inspiration for the Totobobo masks came during the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak. Launched in 2008 in Singapore and in 2012 from totobobo.co.uk in the UK . Totobobo mask is a product of Dream Lab One Pte.Ltd.
The name Totobobo was derived from the Chinese language, with toto (透透) meaning ‘transparent’ and bobo （保保）, meaning ‘protection’.
Totobobo has since become the world’s first customizable respiratory mask designed to fit all face shapes. The highly effective mask also uses an advanced technology that ensures a good face-seal, offering users guaranteed protection from pollutants. Tipping the scales at 20 grams, this antipollution mask is by far the lightest reusable respiratory mask in the market. It is also remarkably comfortable, thanks to the TotoSoft, a custom blend plastic from FDA approved material. It comes in two sizes and can be trimmed to fit all family members whether an adult or a child from the age of 3 years old.
You can also reduce the pollutants in the home and make sure that your home is well ventilated, as long as the outside of your home is not in an area where outdoor pollution is high. You should try to avoid being in places where pollution levels are high, if you usually walk around places that are high in pollution, making changes now will help your long-term health in terms of developing illnesses as a consequence of air pollution.
The growing focus on air quality
In the future, homebuyers will increasingly factor the air quality of the area into their decision-making when selecting the area they want to live in. As more awareness grows regarding the links with air pollution and lung cancer, we can expect to see more anti-pollution face masks being used to counteract the health impact of air pollution.