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Researchers Share Study Results about Removing Thirdhand Smoke in Homes

San Diego State University researchers provided feedback to homeowners about how much nicotine and other tobacco-specific compounds remained in dust and on surfaces after cleaning homes contaminated with thirdhand smoke. Overall, the cleaning methods used reduced the amount of pollution in the homes. Their findings are being shared through an informational brochure that is available in English and Spanish.

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Your Clothing May be Dangerous to Your Health

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.

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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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Babies and Toddlers at High Risk of Thirdhand Smoke Exposure

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.

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