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Dangers of "Third Hand Smoke" for your children and pets!

Dangers of Third-Hand Smoke
February 09, 2014 by Gabe Mirkin, MD

Researchers from the University of California-Riverside have shown that mice exposed to third-hand smoke suffered liver damage to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that markedly increases risk for diabetes, cancer and heart attacks. The third-hand smoke caused lung damage and kept wounded skin from healing properly. It also raised cholesterol and made the mice hyperactive (PLOS One, January 29, 2014). The urine of the test mice contained concentrations of tobacco carcinogens similar to those of children who have breathed second-hand smoke for prolonged periods of time.

You breathe second-hand smoke when you spend time around people who are smoking. Exposure to third-hand smoke occurs when you spend time in an area previously inhabited by smokers who are not there now. The cancer-causing chemicals from the smoke adhere to the walls, ceilings, floors, carpeting and upholstery, and remain there to waft through the air for many years, long after the smokers are gone.

Third-hand smoke is also carried on clothing worn by smokers, so they take it everywhere they go even when they are not smoking. Third-hand smoke can be just as damaging as second-hand smoke. Smoking parents who do not smoke around their children still have children who are:
• absent from school 40 percent more days than children who do not live with smokers (Pediatrics, September 2011),
• readmitted far more often to hospitals for asthma attacks,
• at increased risk for diseases that damage nerves, and
• at increased risk for other smoking-related diseases many years after they have moved away from their parents who smoked

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Ugh, good to know! There are some seriously heavy smokers that work in different offices, but in the same office building as I do, and it's absolutely disgusting have to get in an elevator that they've been in after a smoke break! Just being in an empty elevator that those smokers have recently vacated makes my hair and clothes stink! It drives me up the wall that I'm forced to breathe that nastiness whenever I need to go down to the lobby or up to my 9th floor office. I'd gladly take the stairs to avoid it, but you can't access my floor from the stairwells because the door is kept locked and can only be opened from the outside.

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My ex husband I both smoked for YEARS but we both agreed there would be NO smoking in the house.

On the other side of our yard (furthest from the house) we had a little smoking area that was covered and had seats and a big sand ashtray/stand. We'd always both wash our hands as soon as we came inside. I didn't want our dogs (and cat) to suffer from that crap.

Yuck. I get customers who come into the lab who smoke so bad I can smell them from across my counter. I think it makes it worse since we're in a controlled environment so the smell is usually pretty neutral in here... when they leave it lingers and is obvious.

I don't now how they can stand it or their pets/kids can stand it.

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I had never heard of third hand smoke before now. This is really scary, I'm glad I'm not around smokers at all. It's so unfair that even tho we don't smoke, we can still get the diseases caused by it from others.

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That is why I am glad states like ours (Florida) are clean indoor air states. And a lot of the outdoor places we go are non-smoking too. I am never around people smoking. Of course it helps that I don't know anyone who smokes as well.

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I always wondered how cigarette smoke affected animals. I have family members who are chain smokers and I always felt like their pets and children had substantially more health issues and their pets lived shorter lives. It's so unfair to the poor animals, especially indoor cats and caged animals who can NEVER go out to get fresh air.
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Kin to animal abuse, imo.

Their poor little noses are so much more sensitive than ours. Some people smell too strong (of smoke) for me, I can only imagine how offensive it must be to an animal.
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Kin to animal abuse, imo.

Their poor little noses are so much more sensitive than ours. Some people smell too strong (of smoke) for me, I can only imagine how offensive it must be to an animal.
Have to agree with that, Although I do smoke (not much) I always smoke outside, I never smoke in the house or in any confined area like car and would never ever smoke around kids or my pets.

I don't even smoke around non-smokers lol I'm a considerate smoker if ever there was such a thing.
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Researchers from the University of California-Riverside have shown that mice exposed to third-hand smoke suffered liver damage to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that markedly increases risk for diabetes, cancer and heart attacks.
Wow, thanks for posting that. I will never smoke around mice!

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My dad is a heavy smoker I can't stand it. If I'm watching my baby cousin he will go outside and smoke. I really wish he would always do that. Plus our walls get gross if we don't wash them from the smoke. I gave up fighting because he said if he can't smoke in his house my animals couldn't be in.

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