Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Third-hand smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.

We are aware that Second-hand smoke - breathed when you are in the same room as someone smoking - can be harmful, particularly to children and some parents adopt a strategy of never smoking in their child's presence.

However, do you know that even smoking away from babies or pregnant women presents a risk.

Third-hand smoke is residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette is extinguished, after Second-hand smoke has dissipated from the air.

The cocktail of toxins in cigarette smoke can remain on nearby surfaces, as well as the hair and clothing of the smoker, hours or even days after a cigarette is put out. On walls and furniture, cigarette toxins build up over time—one cigarette after another adding new layers of poisons.

“This study points to the need for every smoker to try to quit. That's the only way to completely protect their children…. Really, I think that what this says is that we need to have sympathy for smokers and help them quit smoking…. [And also] that the introduction of this concept will lead to more smoke-free spaces in…public.” says Jonathan Winickoff, a pediatrician at the Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, USA

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Jonathan P. Winickoff, Joan Friebely, Susanne E. Tanski, Cheryl Sherroda, Georg E. Matt, Melbourne F. Hovell, and Robert C. McMillen. Beliefs About the Health Effects of "Thirdhand" Smoke and Home Smoking Bans. PEDIATRICS Vol. 123 No. 1 January 2009, pp. e74-e79

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