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. Indoor environments where tobacco has been smoked can contain thirdhand smoke that will linger indoors for a long time – months to years.
On this page, you will find scientific information and first-hand accounts about preventing or avoiding exposure to thirdhand smoke pollution in houses, apartments/condos, hotels, and more. You can find communication strategies for interacting with realtors, apartment managers, and hotel staff. You can also read about your right to avoid places with thirdhand smoke pollution.
Download our new Resource Guidelines: Multiunit Housing and Thirdhand Smoke
Must Read Stories
This series features the Consortium’s newly funded projects, which engage in groundbreaking research about the nature and health consequences of thirdhand smoke. Thirdhand smoke is the chemical residue that is left behind on clothes, skin, furniture, walls, and other surfaces after someone smokes.
Collaborative Consortium on Thirdhand Smoke: Research Projects and Core Resources
This series features the Consortium’s newly funded projects, which engage in groundbreaking research about the nature and health consequences of thirdhand smoke.
Rikki’s Story: A Journey of a Homeowner Who Found Herself in a Thirdhand Smoke Nightmare
Today we announce the release of a six-part series called Rikki’s Story. Episode One introduces you to Rikki, who has just purchased a new condo and discovers an unwanted housewarming gift. For the next five episodes, we follow Rikki through her journey dealing with the toxic legacy of thirdhand smoke.