Watch & Listen

Thirdhand smoke has appeared in the media but you may have missed it!


Wondering how to remove the smell of stale tobacco from your home? Watch experts from This Old House discuss the challenges and explain why painting may not be enough.

By Ross Trethewey; Mauro Henrique; and Kevin O’Connor, Host (2020)

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Kids and Thirdhand Smoke

Thirdhand smoke researcher Ashley Merianos talks about the negative health effects of second- and thirdhand smoke on children.

Thirdhand Smoke Researcher Presents at AAAS

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.

What is thirdhand smoke?

The short answer: Thirdhand smoke is the chemical residue from tobacco smoke. It is also called “tobacco smoke residue” or “stale tobacco smoke.” The chemicals in thirdhand smoke are toxic to humans, especially children. It can linger for years in dust and on household surfaces. It can also become embedded...

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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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