State bans indoor ozone air purifiers due to health effects |

State bans indoor ozone air purifiers due to health effects

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) ” The state has banned widely used indoor ozone air purifiers, saying the devices aggravate many of the problems their advertisements claim to relieve.

The California Air Resources Board called the ban, enacted Thursday, the first of its kind in the nation.

“Some manufacturers of ozone generators have argued that ozone has the ability to reduce levels of indoor air pollutants,” the board said in a statement. “Research has shown that the opposite is true.”

The new regulations, which take effect in 2009, ban the sale of devices that produce more than .050 parts per million of ozone, a concentration the board says is enough to harm human health. The board estimated that about 500,000 Californians had been exposed to excessive levels of ozone because of the devices.

“People with respiratory problems need to be protected from ozone,” Mary Nichols, chair of the Air Resources Board, said in the statement. “Consumers bought these devices hoping to reduce suffering for themselves or a loved one, only to make the situation worse.”

Ozone, the primary component in smog, is produced intentionally by some air purifiers, and is produced as a byproduct of electronics in others.

Users and marketers of the devices testified to their benefits at a public hearing in Diamond Bar on Thursday.

“God gave humans these air purifiers, and you should not take away that gift,” said Debra Perkins of Corona, who both sells and uses the air purifiers. Perkins said the devices had improved her mother’s breathing.

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