Incense sticks are commonly used in the Indian subcontinent, for instance in Asian countries. It is a common practice around the world as a part of their custom, meditation, and rituals.
The current growth rate of the incense stick industry is 20% on yearly basis. It has a slender bamboo base onto which the mixture of incense ingredients is attached.
Due to its fragrance, the market for incense sticks is rapidly increasing worldwide. In India, it is utilized from the ancient period. Incense burners have been found in the Indus Civilization.
It provides employment opportunities to Indian women but at the same time, there were incidences of work-related musculoskeletal disorders amongst the workers. Though it is used for religious purposes in various indoor as well as outdoor environments, it leads to a large amount of smoke, which can cause health risks due to inhalation.
They also prevent adult mosquitos from biting, particularly during the sleeping hours but long exposure to this smoke emitted from the burning mosquito coil will cause adverse effects in the consumers.
This is necessary to produce smokeless incense sticks. ITC an Indian-based incense industry also claimed to produce smokeless incense sticks. Installation of ventilation system is also required to minimize the health risks. Organic sticks should be made available to prevent consumers from its harmful effects.