'Third-hand smoke' causes serious respiratory illness, according to researchers in Israel who studied the effect of cigarette smoke on different surfaces.
The invisible remains of cigarette smoke, that lingers on fabrics, carpets, furniture, and other surfaces show that the interaction between nicotine and indoor air has an effect that poses a serious health hazard. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is formed from the nicotine-oxidant reaction and this has a detrimental effect even on those who don't smoke actively.
AdvertisementThis third-hand smoke threatens 'passive smokers', including crawling babies with potential pro-inflammatory effects and particle deposits in respiratory regions which can relocate easily anywhere in the body.
Further research is still needed on the subject.
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