This is called thirdhand smoke
and is even more dangerous than directly inhaling smoke from cigarettes in the home.
And where there is secondhand smoke, there is typically exposure to thirdhand smoke
com/content/early/2017/03/30/tobaccocontrol-2016-053602) Tobacco Control found high levels of nicotine on the hands of children of smokers, raising concerns about thirdhand smoke
, a name given to the nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarette and cigar smoke that can cling to skin, hair, clothes, rugs and walls.
Researchers would like to include in their follow-up research an examination of how much secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke
each contribute to overall tobacco exposure in children, and more specifics on how these exposures affect child health.
When smokers move out and non-smokers move in: residential thirdhand smoke
pollution and exposure.
is defined as "residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette is extinguished.
Children who live, visit, or are cared for by smokers, even if they do not smoke in or near ELEs, may nonetheless be exposed to thirdhand smoke
Previous studies have shown that nicotine in thirdhand smoke
can react with the ozone in indoor air and surfaces such as clothing and furniture, to form other pollutants.
The study led by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory also found that chronic exposure is worse than acute exposure, with the chemical compounds in samples exposed to chronic thirdhand smoke
existing in higher concentrations and causing more DNA damage than samples exposed to acute thirdhand smoke
, suggesting that the residue becomes more harmful over time.
is a complex phenomenon resulting from residual tobacco smoke pollutants that adhere to the clothing and hair of smokers and to surfaces, furnishings, and dust in indoor environments.
Researchers are also beginning to look into whether thirdhand smoke
is harmful to health.
Atmospheric Chemistry Special Feature: Formation of carcinogens indoors by surface-mediated reactions of nicotine with nitrous acid, leading to potential thirdhand smoke