We have all heard by now that smoking is bad for our health due to the nicotine from cigarette smoke. Also, it is not new to know that second hand smoke, which is breathing smoke from someone else, who is smoking near you, can cause cancer. The new news is third hand smoke. Third hand smoke is when a person breathes tobacco smoke that remains in car seats, furniture, rugs, and other places where the smoke is apt to stay.
Andy Evangelista, author of “Third hand smoke Worries Researchers,” has this to say: “Researchers at the Berkeley Lab uses a smoking machine to gauge how much nicotine from cigarette smoke is absorbed into drywall and other common surfaces.”
Although the new studies are reporting the hazards of third hand smoke, more investigation on this topic is needed. It still has not been proven that third hand smoke can cause diseases and kill as fist hand and second hand smoke can do.
There is a new research program at the Berkeley Lab that is now trying to find out the dangers of toxins from third hand smoke. This program, which is funded by a California state cigarette tax, will be concentrating on finding out if third hand smoke can penetrate the body and cause health problems. They will also make studies on cigarette butts to find out if cigarette butts can cause negative health problems.
It is believed that if third hand smoke can cause a health problem, it can create a negative health situation on babies who are still crawling. This can happen, these scientist think, when a baby crawls on a carpet. for example, it is explained, when babies crawl, they can touch the dust that contains the carcinogen material from the smoke, and place it in their mouth.
Another harm that third hand smoke may cause is asthma. Nicotine from tobacco smoke, when it’s in the outdoor air, will form tiny particles. These particles can be a big threat for those who have asthma.
Many people smoke outside, thinking that they are helping because their smoke is not being inhaled by others. They don’t realize, as thoughtful as this is, that they still may be producing third hand smoke hazards caused by nicotine. The nicotine residues remains on the smoker’s skin and clothes and these residues follow the smoker back into the house.
California has been a leader in implanting laws that protect people from the effects of tobacco. It is hoped that this new research will find out if there is any harm done by third hand smoke.
Source: University of California UC Newsroom/Third HandSmoke