Researchers at the University of Cincinnati find indoor smoking bans at home do not protect children from exposure to thirdhand smoke. These findings inform our understanding of indoor smoking bans in public places.Read More
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In September, Dr. Hugo Destaillats, Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a member of the Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium, addressed the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He discussed thirdhand smoke chemicals and their health effects.
Thirdhand smoke researchers from Europe and the US reviewed the scientific evidence about the effects of wearing clothes contaminated with thirdhand smoke. They found that when people wear clothes full of thirdhand smoke residue, toxic chemicals can be absorbed into their bodies. These researchers suggest that sweat may speed up release of thirdhand smoke from clothing and discourage wearing contaminated clothing while exercising.
More than 1/3 of US children ages 3-17 are exposed to secondhand smoke, the precursor of thirdhand smoke. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke inside homes or cars are also exposed to thirdhand smoke, the toxic residue that remains in indoor environments where tobacco has been smoked.
New funding from National Institute on Drug Abuse will support Dr. Ashley Merianos from the University of Cincinnati and her Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center team as they expand their research into the potential sources of thirdhand smoke exposure in children’s home environments.
Joseph Martin from the Rover Tobacco Control Library at UC Davis, interviewed Dr. Georg Matt, Professor at San Diego State University and Director of the Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center, to learn more about thirdhand smoke. Read or listen to their conversation.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find 20% of US workers are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke at work. Secondhand smoke is the precursor of thirdhand smoke. Where there is secondhand smoke there will be thirdhand smoke.
Researchers at Drexel University investigate why thirdhand smoke is much harder to avoid than secondhand smoke. Despite a smoking ban and ventilation, they found nearly 1/3 of the particles in the air in a ventilated non-smoking room contained chemicals found in thirdhand smoke.
Indoor smoking generates the tobacco smoke that ultimately becomes thirdhand smoke. One of the best ways to prevent thirdhand smoke is to ban indoor smoking. A new study conducted by researchers at San Diego State University shows that electronic alerts can help parents who smoke remember to “move it outside.”
Penn State researchers found higher levels of exposure to nicotine than expected in children as young as six months of age. Children who spent more time in center-based day care had lower nicotine exposure. For children who live in homes with high levels of second and thirdhand smoke, center-based day care may offer some protection from exposure.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati find indoor smoking bans at home do not protect children from exposure to thirdhand smoke. These findings inform our understanding of indoor smoking bans in public places.