At this point, the harms of secondhand smoke are well documented, and include higher risk of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and childhood asthma among many other issues.
But are you familiar with thirdhand smoke? You should be, and here’s why.
What does the term thirdhand smoke refer to?
Thirdhand smoke is the chemical residue left behind by burning tobacco products and e-cigarettes. Although it might seem that a cigarette’s deadly toxins literally go up in smoke, that’s not true. That smoke needs to go somewhere, and it often lands on surfaces like tabletops, toys, floors, car upholstery, bedding—any place a smoker has exhaled.
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