The Pesticides Toxic and Chemical Control Board in Antigua and Barbuda has taken a significant step by bidding farewell to mosquito coils, a move that is undeniably in the best interest of public health. While mosquito coils have proven effective in repelling mosquitoes, they have long raised concerns due to the harmful pollutants they release.
It’s akin to battling fire with fire, but in this case, it’s smoke with smoke.
Recent research has exposed the worrisome truth that the smoke emitted by these coils contains volatile organic compounds, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, posing severe health risks to users.
Carcinogens are substances that can cause cancer, whether from the environment or human-made sources like cigarette smoke or vehicle emissions.
Dr. Linroy Christian, Chairman of the Board, made a commendable decision to ban mosquito coils during a stakeholder conference held as part of Pesticides Awareness Week, emphasizing the commitment to raise awareness about pesticide-related health hazards.
Dr. Christian also drew attention to other products containing harmful chemicals, highlighting the importance of safeguarding public health.
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