The chemicals in thirdhand smoke can affect the normal function of many parts of our body. Researchers at Nantong University’s Institute of Reproductive Medicine reviewed existing thirdhand smoke research to summarize the effects of thirdhand smoke chemicals on our livers, lungs, brains, and our immune and reproductive systems. By Leta...Read More
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Today we announce the release of a six-part series called Rikki’s Story. Episode One introduces you to Rikki, who has just purchased a new condo and discovers an unwanted housewarming gift. For the next five episodes, we follow Rikki through her journey dealing with the toxic legacy of thirdhand smoke.
Berkeley National Laboratory Researchers Demonstrate Thirdhand Smoke Link to Lung Cancer Development
Exposure to thirdhand smoke during infancy and childhood increases one’s risk of developing of lung cancer in adulthood. More research is needed to understand the link between exposure to thirdhand smoke in childhood and development of disease later in life.
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.
University of Texas at El Paso and University of California, Riverside Researchers Collaborate to Investigate Thirdhand Smoke and Heart Disease
University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Pharmacy was awarded $1.8 million to study thirdhand smoke and cardiovascular disease. Their research will focus on the chemicals in thirdhand smoke, their increasing toxicity over time, and their effect on cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
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.
Smokers who live in homes with high levels of thirdhand smoke have a harder time quitting. A new study found that the higher the level of nicotine in house dust, the less likely the smoker’s quit attempts are to be successful.
Researchers at University of California, Riverside, found cellular damage in healthy non-smoking adults after just three hours of exposure to thirdhand smoke. This is the first study to show a direct effect of thirdhand smoke on cells in humans.
California-Based Research Team Finds New Heated Tobacco Products Have Negative Impact on Indoor Air Quality
A new heated tobacco product, widely available outside of the US, is being promoted as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products. New research findings suggest these products produce harmful compounds that could negatively affect indoor air quality.
Many people think smoking outside protects others from the harms of tobacco pollution. Learn why this is a myth.