Tuesday, 29. December 2020
Fireworks rockets, bangers, jumping crackers, sparklers – all traditionally part of New Year’s Eve. But many people with chronic respiratory diseases avoid fireworks and similar activities where there is smoke. They avoid them for the sake of their health. Because smoke and particulate matter, which is produced when bangers explode and fireworks are set off, penetrate deep into the lungs and can cause a great deal of irritation. It is not uncommon that those affected report coughing and shortness of breath for several days after the festivities. Saskia Meyen, 1st Chairperson of Kartagener’s Syndrome and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Association, explains, “The affected people we serve report that with smoke of any kind they have to deal with severe respiratory problems two to three days later because of their clinical situation. So, even if the effects are not immediately noticeable, smoke damages their lungs and it takes people with PCD a long time to recover. This is why many patients no longer have firecrackers, bangers, and rockets as a part of their New Year’s Eve.”
Completely abandon traditional noise and twinkling lights? You don’t have to. We have compiled some alternative ways for you to welcome in the new year with great fanfare – just without any fireworks.
PARI hopes you have a great time celebrating on New Year’s Eve and wishes you a happy and, most importantly, healthy new year!
An article written by the PARI BLOG editorial team.