Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are human-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds. Usually most scents or odors, not due to cooking, are of VOCs, and high levels of these compounds deter the indoor air quality and your health.
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VOCs are airborne compounds that originate from housekeeping, maintenance, and building products made with organic chemicals. These compounds are released not only from products that are being used, but also from products that are in storage.
In sufficient quantities, VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritations, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, memory impairment; some are known to cause cancer in animals; some are suspected of causing, or are known to cause, cancer in humans. At present, not much is known about what health effects occur at the levels of VOCs typically found in public and commercial buildings.