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Using bleach and household cleaning products can increase your chances of fatal lung disease by a third

Using bleach and common household disinfectants increases the risk of developing a potentially fatal lung disease, a new study has warned.

Regularly breathing in the strong cleaning chemicals can increase the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – usually associated with smoking – by up to 32 per cent.

The findings have implications for nurses, cleaners and others who use the products as part of the daily work routine.

Previous studies have linked exposure to disinfectants with breathing problems such as asthma, but much less attention has been paid to their contribution to COPD.

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