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    http://health.msn.com/health-topics/...0394&gt1=31020

    I'm one of those people with a sensitive nose---can smell if someone has been smoking or drinking from a distance. I also have a diagnosed lung problem, so smoke of any kind really bothers me physically. Now I have something else to worry about. :eek:

    Third-Hand Smoke is a First-Class Problem




    What's lurking in your clothes, hair, carpets, and drapes long after a smoker leaves the room? Third-hand smoke—a film of chemicals and carcinogens.


    By Coeli Carr for MSN Health & Fitness

    The unpleasant residual odor of a smoked cigarette is nothing new. Ask anyone who's returned from a party with the scent of stale cigarettes in their hair and clothing. Now, a study has confirmed what many have suspected. Third-hand smoke—the contamination from particles in smoke that linger long after a cigarette has been snuffed out—is more than unpleasant. It's a health threat.

    In this month's issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, in Boston, coined the term "third-hand smoke" to describe the toxic particles that remain after visible smoke is gone, and which pose an especially great risk to infants and children who inhale them.

    "People react to how bad smoke smells on their hair and clothes, but don't realize they could get sick from the smell," says Angela Stotts, M.D., professor of family medicine at Houston's University of Texas Health Science Center, who is conducing ongoing research on second-hand smoke. "A lot of parents think that if they smoke at home when their children aren't around, their children are safe." Although ventilation will help smoke dissipate, the particles simply embed themselves on furniture, carpets and other surfaces.

    Stuart Abramson, M.D., a pediatric immunologist at Texas Children's Hospital, also in Houston, says that cigarette smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals and a sizable number of carcinogens and contaminants, including benzene, butane and hydrogen cyanide.
    What can parents who smoke do to protect their children from third-hand smoke?

    The best approach, says Abramson, is to use the "precautionary principle," which is to avoid any exposure that has the potential of causing harm. He says parents who smoke should try to quit, or smoke only outside the home. Stotts advises that the car should also be a smoke-free zone.

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    Greene suggests filling the home with green plants, to freshen the air, and applying fresh coats of low-VOC paint to walls that may be full of residual contaminants.

    And that old sofa with years of embedded smoke-related toxins? "Ideally, you should get rid of it," says Stotts. "If that's not possible, you can do a really good job of cleaning it, but scrubbing is no guarantee."

    Another nose—preferably that of a non-smoker—may be helpful. "Many people who are chronic smokers have an impaired sense of smell," says Abramson.
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    If you really want to worry about air quality issues, worry about candles, burned foods, pump sprays, scented oils, carpets, drywall, or ozone.

    While you may not like the smell of cigar or cigarette smoke, all of those other things have a much, much greater impact on individual health issues than "third-hand smoke". There are a number of particulate and VOCs that have no odor at all but a lot of health effects in a well-insulated home or office. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    If you really want to worry about air quality issues, worry about candles, burned foods, pump sprays, scented oils, carpets, drywall, or ozone.

    While you may not like the smell of cigar or cigarette smoke, all of those other things have a much, much greater impact on individual health issues than "third-hand smoke". There are a number of particulate and VOCs that have no odor at all but a lot of health effects in a well-insulated home or office. ;)

    Excellent! The Green light to puff away on my cigars!!!
    Thanks Ginger!! :D
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    :mad: I already posted a thread about this.

    http://www.conservativeunderground.c...ght=hand+smoke
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    :mad: I already posted a thread about this.

    http://www.conservativeunderground.c...ght=hand+smoke
    Sorry, don't get angry. Didn't see it as I've been really busy and not posting much lately.

    My doc told me that with the condition I have affecting my lung and heart, that smoke indeed will have bad consequences.

    And Ginger, I do avoid some of the things you listed.
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    Sorry. Nothing personal. I'm just frustrated. I feel like I'm wasting my time here sometimes. It's annoying.
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    Thanks for the heads up and good job sniffing this out earlier, Poli.

    This is total B.S. It's been confirmed (depending on who you believe) that 2nd hand smoke is largely bullshit...now this? Just another attempt by the elitist burgeousie to impose their will on others. What a bunch of fascist douche-nozzles. :mad:
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