Church air worse than by busy roads

2019-03-03 02:12:01

By James Randerson MANY people think embracing religion will improve their afterlife, but now it seems that regular churchgoing might also send them there sooner. According to a study in two Dutch churches, the chemical assault on parishioners’ lungs from ecclesiastical candles and incense can be 20 times as bad as standing next to a busy main road. To test the air quality at two Maastricht churches – a small chapel and a large basilica – Theo de Kok and his colleagues at Maastricht University measured the concentrations of PM10 particles, those less than 10 micrometres in diameter. PM10s,