The Harmful Effects of “Third-Hand” Smoke

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Recent scientific research conducted by numerous universities and scientists have indicated a strong likelihood, including chemical proof, that smokers leave behind unwanted, unnatural, and dangerous residues within the environments that they burn tobacco in and around—potentially causing risk and harm to those around them, or those to come up to months or even years later!

How is it possible?

As popularly taught in most schools, surprisingly even known by many smokers themselves, cigarettes alone can contain upwards of 100 various harmful chemicals and forms of carcinogens in just one single stick.

Because of these harmful chemicals, when a cigarette is burned, although the smoke seemingly dissipates or is inhaled, the ash and other forms of invisible to the eye residue is left behind on various solid environmental objects ranging from car interiors to the doorknobs inside of your house. That is, as third-hand smoking chemicals can be transferred via the hands of the original smoker, and left behind for others to face the health repercussions of.

Scientific Reasoning

A recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrated not only the prevalence of third-hand smoking damage through cigarette-smoke itself, but also the harmful carcinogens, tar, and other harmful acids and agents left behind for up to years later.

The science behind it is that most of these chemical compounds are agents in which physically attach (or “bond”) to solid elements—to either later be consumed or deteriorate over time through abrasion as well as physical absorption, including through the skin!

Test subjects in an apartment complex with a smoker even multiple stories down from them suffered from respiratory damage, increased blood pressure, and irregular heart-beat patterns through just minor exposure and activity of a smoker within the same structure.

Modes of Prevention

Considering how sophisticated and dynamic the various harmful agents are in which are located inside of cigarettes, as well as the fumes they burn off through the usage of tobacco, it’s very difficult to pinpoint and prevent or treat the various chemicals that make their way around your home and harm your loved ones.

The most practical solution (sorry smokers!) is making your home and car, or other commonplace environment completely-smoke free.

Scientific experiments have shown that even air conditioning, filtering, and ‘airing out’ a location in which was smoked in still does not completely remove it of the harmful chemical compounds and tar left behind after smoking a cigarette has taken place.
Even more bizarre, such tars and harmful chemicals can be passed along to your pets and spread throughout your home!

While smoking is a personal, in most countries free-choice to make, take into consideration the health and safety of your loved ones in making an honest effort to keep your cigarette fumes and chemical related transference away by always washing your hands and smoking far away from those you care for most.

If you’ve already smoked in your house or car before, even applying bleach to clean it ‘away’ cannot and has not been shown to remove every single harmful agent left behind. So keeping all of this in mind, now you can make better sense of why a ‘smoker-car’ always smells like a smoker car no matter how much time has passed or what you attempt to clean it with!

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