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article imageInside the dangers of third-hand smoke

By Timothy Whitt     Jun 28, 2013 in Health
The dangers of second-hand smoke have been documented for years. Now there is a new danger to be aware of, third hand smoke.
Recent research has shown that third hand smoke may be as dangerous to people as second-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is the residual nicotine and other chemicals which is left on surfaces and deep in fabrics where people have smoked previously.
This left over, " residue is thought to react with common indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix." The mix of third hand smoke with its cancer causing pollutants pose a potential health hazard to nonsmokers and children.
Third-hand smoke clings to hair, clothing, the skin, the dust of the air. It is inhaled into the lungs, absorbed through the skin. Third-hand smoke can even be ingested through foods which have come in contact with second hand smoke.
According to many experts "second hand smoke is six to 12 times more toxic than smoke directly inhaled by a smoker and third-hand smoke could be even more harmful."
Third-hand smoke may be even more dangerous than second-hand smoke because the longer nicotine toxins linger, the more time they have to form new carcinogenic chemicals that can be inhaled or ingested.
The best defense against third-hand smoke is the same as second-hand smoke. Try to avoid enclosed environments where smoking occurs or has occurred recently.
According to Coco Ballantyn, of Scientific American there is a, "need for every smoker to try to quit. That's the only way to completely protect," people from the effects of second and third hand smoke. She goes on to say, " we need to have sympathy for smokers and help them quit smoking."
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