Little did you know, when you smoke you’re inhaling tiny particles that enter your lungs, that can cross the barrier into your blood, causing sickness. These particles, known as particulate matter, are becoming a growing threat to our health on a daily basis. From the smog you see in LA and Beijing, to the smoke we inhale when enjoying a high, particulate matter causes all of us harm.
As we all mature and get older, we see many users switching from smoking to vaping. The vapor has much less harmful tar, carcinogens, and particulate matter than smoke. As people are trying to make their smoking habits healthier, we want to make all the air you breathe healthier.
Various studies have demonstrated that vaporizers are safer and reduce toxins found in marijuana smoke. Vaporization results in extremely clean burns with up to 95% THC content, whereas smoking results in up to 88% of random particles. That means you’re getting 12% or less THC and you’re inhaling harmful, random toxic substances.
Dr. Malouff has found that vaping is better as people inhale fewer toxic compounds and carbon monoxide than when smoking. Smoking can result in asthma, shortness of breath and phlegm. It just makes sense to switch!
TZOA has created a way for everyone to measure their individual exposure to particulate matter. Their wearable device informs you when particulate matter levels are rising, whether it’s from cooking emissions in your home, the smog outside, allergens such as pollen, or the particulate matter created by smoking. The app then gives you recommendations on how to improve your air and reduce your exposure.
The TZOA device has a small fan inside which pulls air in. The particles in the air cross a 630nm (red) laser and a photodiode measures the reflections in order to count and size the particles. You’re effectively wearing a tiny laser beam system!
You can help see this project to fruition by contributing to the crowdfunded campaign here! Let’s live safer, more comfortable lives while still enjoying ourselves.