What can we do about thirdhand smoke?

What can we do about thirdhand smoke?

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Physicians Across the US Support Protection from Thirdhand Smoke Exposure

Last month, America’s frontline physicians who provide the overwhelming majority of health care to our nation adopted principles regarding policies to reduce harm associated with tobacco products. The principles recognize that tobacco use harms not just users and those exposed through secondhand smoke, but also those exposed through thirdhand smoke. To prevent exposure to toxic tobacco smoke and its residue, they support 100% tobacco-free environments.

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Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center Offers Public Comment on FDA’s Proposed Rule for Graphic Warning Labels

The Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center responded to the FDA’s request for public comment on their proposed rule for graphic warnings for cigarette packages and advertising. The Center supports the proposed rules to help reduce population-wide exposure to toxic first-, second- and thirdhand smoke. Specifically, the Center proposes to add an additional graphic warning that focuses on toxic tobacco smoke residue that lingers in indoor environments where tobacco has been used and its health risk for children. Read the full comment here.

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Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center Policy Advisory Council Member Cynthia Hallett Recognizes States for Smokefree Workplace Laws

Cynthia Hallett, President and CEO of American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, recognized the State of Kentucky for expanding local smokefree laws to include e-cigarettes. Kentucky, along with Mississippi and Texas, was recognized with a “Smoke-Free Indoor Air Challenge” award for successfully enacting local smokefree laws for workplaces and public spaces. Indoor smokefree policies prevent secondhand smoke, the precursor to toxic thirdhand smoke.

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An Interview with the Director

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.

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Researchers Find Ways to Help Parents Move Smoking Outside

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.”

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