I Can Breathe! Inc. masks are not NIOSH approved for occupational wear. The Cold Weather Mask has been evaluated by a medical doctor who is a competitive skier and we are told used by Merck employees who work in 70 below zero refrigerators. Remarks below are from Adrien Bledstein, mask designer who needs and wears each mask, and Customers Say... are responses from real people. Repeat customers "love" the masks and report being able to go out and about with comfort when irritants are in the air.
I Can Breathe! ACF Pollution Mask: An Environmental Engineer with broad international experience in air pollution measurement and control, Mark Hodges is Principal Consultant for Environmental Forward Observer, LLC. After evaluating the I Can Breathe! ACF Pollution Mask compared to other masks while on assignment in Kabul and Kathmandu he observes: "The data I have is qualitative from the perspectives of fit, convenience, comfort, durability, and perceptibly cleaner air breathed while using the mask. It's numerous positive features notwithstanding, good fit and seal are essential, and the I Can Breathe! ACF Pollution Mask fits and seals well. Further, it is comfortable, which is very important as people tend to take a mask off after a while if it is uncomfortable or restricts breathing." Mr. Hodges has studied Beijing air quality as well.
(For a NIOSH approved R95 respirator see Achoo! Allergy.)
Each mask was developed for my personal use after I was struck with a chronic lung disorder in 1994 while living in an urban center. I carefully followed medical prescriptions but found that avoidance of substances which caused sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion, or chest tightening made a big difference in relieving symptoms. Since April 2002 I have not needed medications. When challenged, I wear a mask. Each mask allows me to breathe more freely, maintain energy and focus in ordinary circumstances: driving a car, adding gas to the tank, walking into a room or elevator with people wearing perfume, entering a hardware store with paints and chemicals, visiting a friend with a dog or cat, going to a library, sitting at a computer, walking outside when mold spores are high or wind chill drops below freezing, functioning with energy on a day when Particulate Matter registers above 50 on the Pollutants Standard Index, traveling by airplane, passing by smokers, to mention a few.
My goal was to be free of symptoms, have energy to teach and write, and to enjoy my family. I wanted comfortable, effective, good looking masks which don't interfere with eye glasses, hairdo, or earrings, are reusable, easy to carry and quick to put on.
Repeat: I Can Breathe! Inc. makes no scientific claims regarding the effectiveness of each mask. The wearer determines if it helps. Consult with your physician or health care provider.
Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider promptly. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.
Customers are responsible for paying attention to washing instructions, fitting, and contents. People who are sensitive to plastic, polyester, nylon, or silk, should look carefully at the content of each mask.
The masks on this Web site have not been submitted for NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational of Safety and Health) certification. The masks are not recommended for occupational protection.
I Can Breathe! Inc. specially created adjustable ear loops which make possible the lightweight, comfortable, porous, trim Honeycomb Mask which holds and effectively seals the filter in my experience and in reports by customers.
This Web site was originally developed in 1999 as a service provided by I Can Breathe! Inc. Like any printed material, portions may become out of date over time. It is important that you rely on the advice of a healthcare professional to employ good clinical judgment for the specific conditions of individual patients. The information on this web site is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional nor a recommendation for any particular treatment plan. While every effort is made to be accurate, I Can Breathe! Inc. does not warrant the accuracy of any information contained in this or any other Internet Web site. External sites are not necessarily endorsed by I Can Breathe! Inc.
To the best of my knowledge and belief, all statements are true.