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    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
    weeks ago.

    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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