Post: Third-Hand Smoke Causes Cancer
Posted by Mike B. on 2/10/10
I believe I pointed out these facts to Sharon Kramer a few
Third-hand smoke, the residue that sticks to surfaces after
the smoke has blown away, has been found to be
toxic. "Tobacco-specific nitrosamines" are carcinogens,
substances that cause cancer, that are found in the
environment of a smoker.
What is a tobacco-specific nitrosamine?
Nitrosamines are chemical compounds that tend to be
carcinogenic. (Approximately 90% of nitrosamines cause
cancer, according to Dr. Richard A. Scanlan, Ph.D, Dean of
Research Emeritus and Professor of Food Science of the
Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University) A
tobacco-specific nitrosamine is derived from tobacco,
particularly the vapor produced through the burning of a
tobacco cigarette or cigar.
Why are babies and toddlers at risk from third-hand smoke?
Babies and toddlers are at particular risk from third-hand
smoke. Young children spend lots of time on the ground, so
more of their skin has the opportunity to contact surfaces
contaminated by tobacco smoke residue. In addition, babies
and toddlers tend to put objects into their mouths, thereby
ingesting the toxic residue.
Reduce risk from third-hand smoke
It is possible to reduce the risk from third-hand smoke by
following a few tips:
Quit smoking - this is the best way to reduce the risks
associated with first, second, and third-hand smoke
Smoke outside and wear a 'smoking jacket', which remains
outside. (Residue clings to clothing as well as other
Always wash hands after smoking
Wash toys and surfaces frequently
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