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Thirdhand Smoke is real, could pose a potential health problem

cjmagowan  —  5 years ago ( Apr 02, 2014 )    |    Health, Science


Smoking – one of the leading cause of lung cancer that not only affects the user but to the people around them and has become one of the Health institutions concerns with extensive campaign to the if not to stop people from smoking but at least minimize them thus minimizing the risks that it takes along with it.

Research studies conducted has made scientist and researchers to conclude that residual tobacco smoke or third hand smoke really exist and pose a potential threat and could stay in an area for years usually undetected. Residual Tobacco smoke could combine with indoor air pollutants such as ozone and nitrous acid to create new compounds, usually blends with dust and stays on carpets, walls, ceiling or even with the hair, skin and even the smokers clothes that are feared to be carcinogenic.

NNA a tobacco-specific Nitrosamine is one of the compounds formed by thirdhand smoke and is found to damage our DNA material which could potentially cause cancer. During their research, scientist found out that after years and even 20 years in some cases, in areas which was previously occupied by smokers, scientists found a significant amount of residual compound from thirdhand smoke which proved to be highly dangerous especially on houses occupied by families with babies and toddlers.

Thirdhand smoke has scientist worried to potentially cause cancer, but there is one more thing that our scientists are worried about, the compound produced by thirdhand smoke could possibly cause other health problems such as asthma and other allergic reactions. Though the extent of this exposure is yet to be studied, scientists at this time are alarmed with what it might cause on patients that are often misdiagnosed.

Scientists are yet to quantify the minimum amount of exposures that poses risks but some people suggests cleaning the area with detergent and some suggests repainting the room, the best way to get rid from these substances is to replace carpets, thoroughly clean the ventilation systems. While these suggestions proved to be a big help to minimize exposures, the risks of being exposed is uncertain especially that most people are always on the move, moving from one place to the other could possibly exposed someone from those harmful compounds on any given area which could be carried by anyone undetected which could also expose others unknowingly.

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