Thirdhand smoke is a toxic residue that sticks to surfaces and objects. People come into contact with thirdhand smoke when their skin touches a surface where thirdhand smoke has collected, when they breathe in thirdhand smoke chemicals that are in the air, and when they swallow residue that are on objects that they put in their mouths. Thirdhand smoke residue can enter modes of transportation, such as cars, buses, trains, and planes, from either someone having smoked inside the vehicle or from the clothes, hair, or skin of someone who has been exposed to tobacco smoke.
On this page, you’ll find scientific information and first-hand accounts about how to avoid exposure to transportation-related thirdhand smoke. You can find communication strategies for interacting with car salesmen, rental car agencies, Uber/Lyft/taxi drivers, and city workers. You can also read about your right to avoid transportation mechanisms with thirdhand smoke pollution.
Smoking bans in public places have reduced the harm caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, the precursor to toxic thirdhand smoke. Unfortunately, in countries where smoking bans are less common, secondhand smoke continues to harm an alarming number of non-smokers. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai...Read More