What can we do about thirdhand smoke?
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Dr. Ching-Fei Chang, a pulmonologist at Keck Medicine at USC discusses the dangers of exposure to toxic second- and thirdhand smoke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
To better understand policy options that might work for thirdhand smoke, it is helpful to consider policies that protect us from other environmental hazards, such as radon, lead, and asbestos.
In an effort to protect the health of musicians, venue operators, and music lovers from toxic tobacco pollutants, the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation launched the Smokefree Music Cities campaign.
The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation outlines 5 great reasons for apartment managers and owners to make their buildings smoke-free.
Philip Galanes writes a Social Q’s column for The New York Times that offers “lighthearted advice about awkward social situations.” In one column, a subscriber recognizes the dangers of tobacco pollutants for children and posts a question about how to navigate her mother-in-law’s smoking around her newborn child. Click to read Mr. Galane’s helpful reply.