We all know about second hand smoke. We all know how bad it is for us- both adults and children. But what about third hand smoke? Have you even walked into a room and smelled cigarette smoke? You don’t see anyone smoking but you can smell it? Or you’re talking to someone a little too close and you can smell their cigarette breath? That my friends, is called third-hand smoke.
Third hand smoke refers to the toxic gases and particles left behind from cigarette smoke. When someone smokes, the toxins particles found in cigarette smoke can continue to linger in the persons hair and clothing of the smoker
Not only does it stay on the smoker themselves, but the smoke contamination can also linger to carpets, beds, sofas and curtains. This means that even though the smoker may not be in the room, or you can’t see the smoke, you could still be breathing in harmful toxins.
If you smoke or someone who is around your child often smokes, simply going outside to smoke isn’t going to prevent the carcinogens from being inhaled- which is a cancer risk to not only the little ones, but all of us.
I don’t know exactly how harmful it is- and I don’t believe that it’s nearly as harmful as second hand smoke – but it’s still something to pay attention to, especially when you’re infants are around.
What do you think? Do you think it’s a big deal or not?