“New Car Smell” May Increase Cancer Risk
So many people get a new car and the minute you become their passenger , they say “Ahh, just smell my car. It smells new, I love this smell!” Well you may not be loving that that smell so much after reading this new finding. A new study published in the Cell Reports Physical Science journal reveals that everyone’s favorite “new car smell” may pose a serious health risk. Scientists studied the air and chemicals in dozens of new cars before concluding that the scent may increase the risk of cancer. The cars were found to contain traces of various carcinogens, including Formaldehyde. The study’s authors warn that spending 30 minutes a day in a new car can expose a person to enough of the carcinogens to put them at risk. According to USA TODAY a probable human carcinogen, acetaldehyde, was found to be at levels 60.5% higher than Chinese national safety standards. Warm weather also increases the levels of the dangerous chemicals.