It’s not just cigarettes.
The nose knows.
If I want to avoid thirdhand smoke in my vehicle, what questions should I ask before buying a used car?
When people smoke in a car, thirdhand smoke residue builds up just the way it does in any indoor environment. However, a car is a much smaller space.
Why focus on exposure to thirdhand tobacco smoke and not exposure to auto exhaust or industrial pollution?
There are many pollutants that can contaminate our environments. Presently, vehicle emissions and industrial air pollutants receive much-needed attention from policy makers and the public. But there remains a lot of important work to be done to protect environments from other forms of pollution, such as pollutants from tobacco smoke. A focus on tobacco smoke exposure draws attention to a source of pollution that is the result of preventable activities that can be easily changed or eliminated.
Thirdhand smoke is the chemical residue from tobacco smoke. It is also called “tobacco smoke residue” or “stale tobacco smoke.” The chemicals in thirdhand smoke
When people smoke inside their home, the chemicals in tobacco smoke build up over time and leave toxic thirdhand smoke residue on carpets, furniture, walls, doors, and ceilings. This toxic residue lingers long after smoking stops and can remain after previous smokers moved out.