The New York Times: Are Scented Candles Harmful to Your Health?

You may have seen some scary headlines about the hidden dangers of scented candles — including those claiming that certain types (particularly candles made of paraffin wax) are “toxic” and can release harmful, cancer-causing chemicals into the air.

But while scented candles do produce various vapors and particles that can be unsafe to inhale at high doses, research suggests that with typical use, the dose you get is far below what is considered harmful to your health. And according to experts, there is no reason to think that occasional candle-burning will be dangerous.

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