What is Thirdhand Smoke?

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University of California, Irvine, Researchers Show Hookah Smoke Contains Toxic Chemicals

Hookah smoke contains many of the same toxic chemicals as regular cigarettes. But because more smoke is inhaled with each puff on a hookah pipe, and hookah smoking sessions tend to be longer, hookah smoke delivers more toxic chemicals to the smoker than a regular cigarette. Like smoke from regular cigarettes, smoke from hookah is a precursor to thirdhand smoke leaving behind toxic residue on clothes and indoor environments.

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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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