Study looks at the after effects of Third-Hand Smoke - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/8/10

Study looks at the after effects of Third-Hand Smoke

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Portland State University and the University of California, San Francisco looked at the well documented dangers of secondhand smoke and the effects it has even after the smoke clears.  

They found that third-hand smoke, which refers to what's left hanging around after the smoke clears from burning tobacco still lingers. Experts say the nicotine that was released into the air clings to furniture, carpet, walls and your clothing for days, weeks, even months.

Researchers say that when this third-hand smoke reacts with indoor air pollutants, usually from unvented gas fireplaces or heaters can form carcinogens. Young children are most at risk because they're more likely to be on the floor or touching a smoker's clothing and can breathe in these carcinogens.

The study finds that even opening a window or using a fan to ventilate a room while smoking does not eliminate the hazard of clinging smoke particles.

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