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|On [Easter] Sunday my family and I piled into the family van and drove to St. Francis Borgia [Catholic Church]. There were too many people, so my family had to wedge into pews separately. My father and I sat together.
Sitting there with my dad, the pungent smell of Church [Incense] suddenly crept up my nose and beat the insides my sinuses with a baseball bat. The thing was, I had no idea where the smell was coming from. It was as if the clouds of death were falling upon the [congregation] from [Heaven] itself. Tears welled up in my eyes as I opened them to see the priest waving a metal can of incense from a chain over all of us.
I decided that I needed to direct myself to a kleenex before I got a [nosebleed], so I ran into the [sacristy], a room near the church where the priest and servers prepare. But yet again I was not able to elude the smell--the room itself was filled with a thick grey cloud of incense smoke. I saw the metal incense holder hanging on a hook in the corner, still [smoking].
I took a deep breath and forged into the room. My eyes watered and my nose burned, but I got several handfuls of kleenex and ran into the basement to [blow my nose].
It was not until about fifteen minutes ago that I fully recovered from the trauma to my eyes and sinuses. However, my lungs may never fully recover. According to Thad Godish, [PhD], incense smoke contains [carcinogens] similar to the ones contained in [cigarette smoke] or exhaust.
When incense is burned, it gives off a variety of by-products. But because it is a smoldering burn, it gives off extremely high concentrations of [carbon monoxide], [aldehydes], and breathable particles (the smoke). They are both [upper respiratory] and [pulmonary system] irritants. They can inflame [mucous membranes] and initiate [asthma]tic attacks in some people. Burning incense has been reported to produce carcinogens such as benzo-a-pyrene, several other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and the nasal carcinogen, sinaldehyde. Also [formaldehyde], acetaldehyde, and acrolein. Both formaldehyde and acrolein are potent mucous membrane irritants. Acrolein is particularly irritating to the eyes.
To quote [vuo], "sugars are aldehydes; pyrenes are a group of 4xbenzene ring compounds; think mothballs." He also explained the effects of these chemicals to me by saying the body's detoxification system is what makes these toxins so harmful--they aren't easy to urinate out.
Why should those who are impartial to nosebleeds and asthma attacks be discriminated against in places of [worship]? Okay, that was pretty extreme, but it's all for the sake of my point: Incense sucks.