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Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center Offers Public Comment on FDA’s Proposed Rule for Graphic Warning Labels

The Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center responded to the FDA’s request for public comment on their proposed rule for graphic warnings for cigarette packages and advertising. The Center supports the proposed rules to help reduce population-wide exposure to toxic first-, second- and thirdhand smoke. Specifically, the Center proposes to add an additional graphic warning that focuses on toxic tobacco smoke residue that lingers in indoor environments where tobacco has been used and its health risk for children. Read the full comment here.

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Researchers Find Ways to Help Parents Move Smoking Outside

Indoor smoking generates the tobacco smoke that ultimately becomes thirdhand smoke. One of the best ways to prevent thirdhand smoke is to ban indoor smoking. A new study conducted by researchers at San Diego State University shows that electronic alerts can help parents who smoke remember to “move it outside.”

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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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