What is Thirdhand Smoke?

smoking applebyteEver walked into a room and smelled cigarette smoke even though there was no one smoking? Although physical smoke may not be present, nicotine residue from cigarette smoke may linger in the environment on walls, carpets, furniture, dust particles, clothing, etc. This is referred to as thirdhand smoke. Studies found that thirdhand smoke continues to have harmful health impacts even several hours after a cigarette has been extinguished. Exposure to thirdhand smoke occurs through dermal uptake, ingestion of dust, or inhalation. Learn how you can reduce your and your loved ones’ risk of thirdhand smoke exposure.

  • Create 100% smoke-free home and car rules.
  • Request ‘non-smoking’ when booking a hotel room or renting a car.
  • Offer to meet friends or relatives who smoke in a smoke-free environment.
  • If you recently quit smoking or are planning to quit, thoroughly clean your home, wash all clothing, and vacuum cars. It is also suggested to replace furniture and carpeting and re-paint walls if possible.
  • If you do not plan to quit, try to clean your home, clothes and furniture regularly to reduce loved ones’ exposure to thirdhand smoke.

Sources:  newscenter.lbl.gov, stopcancerfund.org

For additional health and wellness information contact a CORE Wellness Coach at (800) 932-0034 or email us today!

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