Why you really should lose that butt

Ever hear of third-hand smoke?  Me neither, but according to a group of scientists in California, it can be just as deadly as exposure to second hand smoke and smoking alone.

Third hand smoke is defined as lingering residue from tobacco smoke which clings to upholstery, clothing and the skin.  You know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve ever spent any time around smokers.  (By the way, washing your clothes in a white vinegar/water mixture will get the smell out, but I digress…)

According to a new study, that resisdue contains toxic chemicals that when mixed with a common indoor pollutant (like the exhaust from a car or gas appliances) can cause harm.

The researchers recommend a total smoking ban in homes and cars to keep people (especially young children) healthy.  They say even if someone smokes outdoors, they risk bringing that residue back with them.  Smokers, understandably, are furious.

Look, I was (and still am) all for the public smoking ban.   But if people know how dangerous smoking is to them and their families, but continue to light up, it’s their choice. I don’t agree with them, but dictating what people can do in their own homes in the name of keeping them healthy is crossing a line.

SOURCE: “Third-hand Smoke” Could Damage Health

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