Third Hand Smoke

The concept of second hand smoke is widely accepted at this point.  Second hand smoke meaning inhaling the smoke of a cigarette that is being smoked near you.  Third hand smoke is the lingering particulate matter that clings to clothes, curtains, carpets, furniture…everything.  Research is showing it is just as harmful as second hand smoke, particularly for infants.

We know the smoke is bad but here are some of the things that are solid particles that you can pass to your children:

  • Hydrogen cyanide (used in chemical weapons).
  • Carbon monoxide.
  • Butane.
  • Ammonia.
  • Toluene (found in paint thinners).
  • Arsenic.
  • Lead.
  • Chromium (used to make steel).
  • Cadmium (used to make batteries).
  • Polonium-210 (a highly radioactive carcinogen).
These are all carcinogens (cancer-causers).

So let’s summarize.  Cracking a window is not good enough.  Blowing the smoke out the car window is not good enough.  Smoking on the porch is not good enough.  Smoking in your bedroom only is not good enough.  Smoking only away from home is not good enough (unless you shower and change your clothes before returning home).
I understand that nicotine is addictive and I can’t imagine how hard it is to stop smoking but do it for your children.  My dad did it and he smoked 2+ packs for 30+ years.  If he can do it anyone can.  There are tons of resources .
In the meantime, let’s have some visual coercion motivation.

Smoking kills your lungs
Smoking ruins your circulation
Please don’t poison me!

Thanks for quitting dad – you are a great example!  Love you.


2 thoughts on “Third Hand Smoke

  1. I might have to pass this along to my inlaws who sometimes don’t understand my panic about how much their house smells like smoke.


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