New study shows that exposure to third hand smoke is bad for kids

As if protecting our children from the dangers of second hand smoke wasn’t hard enough, now a new study shows that third hand smoke (defined as tobacco residue that clings to surfaces), is also harmful to their health.

This new study, which was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that a burning cigarette releases nicotine in the form of a vapor, and then collects and condenses on indoor surfaces, such as carpets, drapes, furniture, and walls. It can linger on these surfaces for months.

Fewer College Kids Smoking

cigarette smokingTobacco firms spend $1M a day sponsoring campus events, giveaways, lung association says.

Fewer U.S. college students (1 in 5) are smoking than ever before, but college and university leaders need to take a stand against aggressive tobacco industry marketing tactics to ensure student smoking rates don’t increase, a new American Lung Association report finds.

“Colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide safe spaces in which their students can learn and live. This should include an environment free from secondhand smoke and advertising that encourages young adults to use deadly tobacco products,” Bernadette A. Toomey, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a news release about the report released Sept. 8.