Third Hand Smoke, First Hand Risk

By nocamels January 19, 2011 Comments

The negative health consequences of smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke are well known. Recently researchers have uncovered the dangers of thirdhand smoke that comes from toxic nicotine byproducts lingering in carpets, paper and fabric.

Researchers now say nicotine interacting with ozone creates even more health hazards from thirdhand smoke than previously understood. Scientists from Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel examined what happens to nicotine byproducts that land on various surfaces and the effect of humidity.

The scientists conducted the study to find out how toxic thirdhand smoke (THS) really is; based on studies that nicotine byproducts that linger in the home, posing dangers especially to children who crawl and place objects in their mouth.

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