Jola Fallach
Third-hand smoke risks

Bo Hang, Ph.D. and Hugo Destaillats from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presented the the results of their research into the dangers of third-hand smoke at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Dallas in March in 2014.

Smoking, both first- and second-hand, is dangerous to our health and banned in public areas in many countries. The idea of third-hand smoke is quite new, but the evidence shows that it could seriously damage human health. Leftover cigarette smoke, consisting of over 4000 second-hand smoke components, clings to the surfaces and reacts with the indoor air, creating brand-new components that constitute third-hand smoke. Some of these components, like a tobacco-specific nitrosamine, attach to DNA causing cancer and genetic mutations.

Third-hand smoke is the biggest potential health risk for babies and toddlers who touch items and put them into their mouths, getting into direct contact with those new dangerous substances. The researchers warn that over 30 million Americans still smoke in private and rented residences, living with the threat every day. One way to minimalize the risks of third-hand smoke is to get rid of or thoroughly wash things affected by second-hand smoke.
2 Responses
  1. Walter White Says:

    2nd line. Needs past tense "presented" if this was in 2014.
    10th line. Drop "the" before brand-new
    14th line. Drop "the" before third-hand
    Line 19. Awkward. Maybe "One way to minimalize ..or a way to minimalize..


  2. Jola Fallach Says:

    Thank you, Walter :) Bowing, would like you to see it.


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