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State to Ban Certain Air Purifiers For Allegedly Hazardous Emissions

The California Air Resources Board is banning some air purifiers saying they're health hazards. California is the first state to prohibit the future sale of some “ozone generators.”

State to Ban Certain Air Purifiers For Allegedly Hazardous Emissions

The California Air Resources Board is banning some air purifiers saying they're health hazards. California is the first state to prohibit the future sale of some “ozone generators.”

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Spokesman Dimitri Stanich says they're dangerous if they emit more than a small amount of ozone.

<b> Stanich </b> : The State of California has established a standard of what is considered a health protective limit for outdoor ozone and these machines can produce enough ozone that it would cause a stage one smog alert inside of a room.

Stanich says the devices can lead to coughing, shortness of breath, and worsen asthma symptoms. The ban goes into effect in 2010. A list of the devices the Air Resources Board calls “hazardous” is on its website .

A company that makes air purifiers called “EcoQuest” released a statement saying its products are proven to be effective. It noted that the devices have not been recalled.