Letters to Manufacturers

ANR, in our vigilance in protecting public health, has launched a campaign to advocate changes in the way air purification manufacturers and retailers advertise their products. The air purification industry is rife with misleading statements that could easily lead the public into believing that these systems eliminate or reduce tobacco smoke. In reality, no air purification system has been created that can protect against secondhand smoke.

Below is correspondence to and from the air purification companies that we have contacted, other organizations that have made misleading air purification claims, as well as companies advertising air purification systems. As you can see, ANR has posed questions to these companies, asking them to clarify their position on the health claims they are insinuating in their advertising. If you know of companies making similar claims, please contact ANR at (510) 841-3032 or via email.

Air Filtration Company Correspondence

aachoo! ALLERGY and Air Products
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted August 26, 2004

AAF International
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted August 4, 2004

AbsoAir, LLC
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted April 11, 2005

Absolute Air Cleaners & Allergy Products
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted August 4, 2004

Air Filtration Solutions
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 25, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 15, 2004

Air Filtration Solutions Reply
Posted May 17, 2004

Airistar
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 10, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted March 29, 2004

Air Testers.com, Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 17, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 5, 2004

Airtime Media LLC
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted June 14, 2005

Airtime Media's O-ZONELite™ Web Pages
Posted June 14, 2005

AllerAir Industries
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 15, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

AllergyBuyersClub.com
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 10, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

AllergyBuyersClub.com Reply
Posted April 15, 2004

ANR's Third Letter
Posted May 20, 2004

AllergyBuyersClub.com has posted a disclaimer on its website stating, "Improved ventilation and use of air purifier may reduce, but will not completely eliminate, your exposure to secondhand smoke and the associated health risks." Please click the image to view the web disclaimer.

ANR's "Thank You" Letter
Posted January 4, 2005

Allergy Control Products, Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 10, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

Allergy Control Products has posted a disclaimerthat the company does not claim that the air purifiers in its catalog will protect against the health hazards of secondhand smoke exposure. Please click the image to view the ad.

 

ANR's "Thank You" Letter
Posted January 4, 2004

Alpine Air Purifiers
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 29, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 15, 2004

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted July 19, 2004

Austin Air Systems, Limited
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 15, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

Blueair Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted November 29, 2004

Blueair's New York Times Ad
Posted November 29, 2004

Breathe Pure Air
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 11, 2004

ANR's Second Letter

Posted April 1, 2004

Breathe Pure Air Reply

Posted May 17, 2004

Brookstone
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 25, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 15, 2004

ANR's Third Letter
Posted May 17, 2004

Brookstone has posted a disclaimer in its product information and advertising, which states that "No air purifier can protect against the health hazards associated with secondhand tobacco smoke." Please click on the image to view the catalog page.

ANR's "Thank You" Letter
Posted January 4, 2004

Clean Air Concepts
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted August 4, 2004

EcoProducts, Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 29, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 15, 2004

EcoQuest International
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 10, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted March 29, 2004

Environtech Products, Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 29, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 15, 2004

Espitech
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 15, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

Espitech Letter of Disclaimer
Posted April 22, 2004

Please click on the image to view the letter.

Failsafe Air Safety Systems
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 17, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 5, 2004

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 1, 2004

FTC Reply to ANR's Complaint
Posted May 27, 2004

Frontgate
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted February 2, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted March 25, 2004

Frontgate has removed all mention of tobacco smoke from its air purifier ads.

Global Air Filtration
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted September 27, 2005

Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 15, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex Reply
Posted April 5, 2004

Healthy Air
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted April 12, 2004

Heaven Fresh
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted April 12, 2004

KAZ, Incorporated
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 10, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted March 29, 2004

Marth Brothers and Company
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted August 29, 2008

Meier Mechanical Systems, Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted May 27, 2004

Oreck Corporation
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 29, 2004

Oreck Corporation Reply

Posted April 5, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 4, 2005

ANR's Third Letter
Posted June 16, 2005

ANR's Fourth Letter
Posted December 1, 2005

Oreck Corporation, Second Reply
Posted December 1, 2005

Peak Pure Air Mechanical Contracting
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 17, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 8, 2004

Peak Pure Air Reply
Posted April 15, 2004

ProMark Associates, Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted November 15, 2006

Radio Shack
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted April 19, 2004

Radio Shack Letter of Disclaimer
Posted June 9, 2004. Please click on the image to view the letter.

ANR's Second Letter

Sharp Electronics
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 25, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 15, 2004

Sharp Electronics Reply
Posted April 22, 2004

Sharper Image

The Sharper Image, an industry leader in the air filtration field, has illustrated its exemplary corporate citizenship by including a strong disclaimer on all of its Ionic Breeze advertising. This disclaimer states that no air cleaner can protect against the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

 

Sky Mall
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted February 20, 2004

Skymall Reply to ANR
Posted March 1, 2004

Skymall Letter to Frontgate
Posted March 1, 2004
Skymall Magazine no longer runs misleading ventilation ads. Click on the image to view a Skymall letter regarding concerns about misleading ads. Thank you, Skymall!

Skymall Letter to Sharper Image
Posted March 1, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted May 20, 2004

Suarez Corporation Industries
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted June 11, 2004

Suarez Corporation's Reply
Posted June 25, 2004

Surround Air Ionizers
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted December 7, 2004

Surround Air Ionizers Web Ad
Posted December 7, 2004

United Air Specialists, Inc.
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted August 4, 2004

United Air Specialists, Inc. has posted a disclaimer on its web advertising, which states that "No air filtration or purification system has been designed that can eliminate all indoor irritants and pollution associated with secondhand tobacco smoke. In addition, there are no proven safe levels of secondhand tobacco smoke. Because of this, UAS makes no claim that its filtration systems will reduce or eliminate the health risks caused by exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke." Please click on the image to view the disclaimer.

ANR's Second Letter
Posted September 27, 2005

Wein Products
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

Wein Products Disclaimer
Posted May 20, 2004

Wein Products has adopted this disclaimers on its website. Please click on the image to view it.

ANR's "Thank You" Letter
Posted January 4, 2004

Whirlpool Corporation
ANR's Initial Letter
Posted March 10, 2004

ANR's Second Letter
Posted April 1, 2004

Whirlpool Corporation Reply
Posted May 17, 2004

ANR's Third Letter
Posted May 26, 2004