Third hand smoke could be even more dangerous for children than second hand smoke

Third hand smoke could be even more dangerous for children than second hand smoke

You think you are safe after the smoker has left the room?

Wrong.

Research on third hand cigarette smoke being deadly just keeps on coming…

And the ones the third hand smoke kills the most, are of course; innocent children.

“The best argument for instituting a ban on smoking indoors is actually third hand smoke”
Dr Bo Hang, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, March 2014.

Research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found:

  • Second-hand smoke reacts with indoor pollutants to create a toxic and carcinogenic substance called ‘Noxious Residue (NNA)’
  • NNA sticks to low down items in the home and remains on virtually all surfaces, including toys and other items toddlers may put in their mouths
  • When ingested or breathed in, NNA sticks to human DNA and can cause uncontrolled cell growth and the formation of cancerous tumours
  • It is particularly dangerous for children - who are more vulnerable to this damage and carcinogens as they are small and at a “developmental stage”
  • They found that NNA locked onto DNA to form what is known as a ‘bulky adduct’, or a piece of DNA bound to a cancer-causing chemical

As reported by The Daily Mail on 16 March 2014.


 

Posted: Monday 7 April 2014