Rosalia Park, a high school student from Los Angeles, California, recognized a problem with smoking and vaping in her school’s bathrooms. Working with the Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center, she designed an experiment to test her school bathrooms for thirdhand smoke residue. Upon completion of her experiment, she went on to win numerous accolades at regional, state,
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What do Californian’s know about secondhand smoke, the precursor to toxic thirdhand smoke? Reporter Belgica Rodríquez took to the streets to find out, and what she learned may surprise you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers at Drexel University investigate why thirdhand smoke is much harder to avoid than secondhand smoke. Despite a smoking ban and ventilation, they found nearly 1/3 of the particles in the air in a ventilated non-smoking room contained chemicals found in thirdhand smoke.
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.
After just three weeks, nicotine was found on surfaces and deep inside brand new pillows that researchers placed in the homes of former smokers. Read excerpts from Lamonica Everett-Haynes’ interview with the researchers.