Respiratory Problems Caused By Third-Hand Smoke

by Rathi Manohar on  January 25, 2011 at 10:12 PM Respiratory Disease News
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'Third-hand smoke' causes serious respiratory illness, according to researchers in Israel who studied the effect of cigarette smoke on different surfaces.
 Respiratory Problems Caused By Third-Hand Smoke
Respiratory Problems Caused By Third-Hand Smoke
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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.

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This 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. 
 



Source: Medindia
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