Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Thirdhand Smoke Continues to Have Harmful Impacts

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Thirdhand Smoke Continues to Have Harmful Impacts

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have conducted a study looking at the potential harmful effects of thirdhand tobacco smoke In Indoor air, with the aim of providing Information supporting protective measures In the home. Thirdhand smoke Is not widely studied, however It adsorbs strongly onto Indoor surfaces and can remain harmful for a number of hours after a cigarette Is smoked.

Looking at levels of over 50 volatile organic compounds and other airborne particles over a period of 18 hours after a cigarette Is smoked, this study found that thirdhand smoke can continue to affect health for many hours: for example, two hours after smoking a cigarette, up to 60% of the harm from Inhaling thirdhand smoke remains.

Overall, the study concluded that the total harm from thirdhand smoke Increases dramatically In the first five hours after a cigarette Is smoked Indoors. …

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