My friend was telling me that he heard a news report about joss/incense sticks having a similar effect to cigarettes. This is not good at all! Especially for Buddhists, Jains, Hindus and anyone else who using them during prayers. Here’s the article.
Burning incense may be good for your spiritual well-being, but they could damage your health.
The fragrant smoke, used in religious ceremonies and to scent rooms, contains a cocktail of harmful chemicals linked to physical disorders, scientists say.
Joss sticks contain carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes
The research suggests that breathing in the toxic fumes is as bad for the health as inhaling tobacco smoke.