According to the study, many individuals, particularly smokers, are unaware that third-hand smoke—the cocktail of chemicals that lingers in carpets, couches, garments, and other materials for hours or even days after a cigarette is extinguished—poses a health risk to infants and children.
The study authors concluded that more research is needed to determine exactly how much exposure is safe for infants and young children, but they urge parents not to wait until their children are older before removing them from this source of danger.
Cigarette smoke contains over 70 known carcinogens, so it's no surprise that smoking has been linked to cancer of the mouth, lung, kidney, bladder, stomach, pancreas, cervix, ovary, testis, bowel, and breast.
Smokers are also at increased risk for conditions such as pneumonia, colds, influenza, and heart disease.
If you're a smoker, stop now. If you're a non-smoker, start breathing easier by avoiding second-hand smoke.
Thirdhand smoke is a health risk for newborns and children, who are especially sensitive since their hair, clothing, and skin are frequently in contact with it. By placing their hands in their mouths after touching contaminated surfaces, they might consume tobacco residue. This can lead to nicotine poisoning. Children who are exposed to tobacco products through their caregivers' cigarettes will often try to imitate what they did correctly on their first attempt at a task.
There are several studies showing negative effects of thirdhand smoke on infants' lung development. If you are concerned about how your child is reacting to secondhand smoke, consider moving to a smoke-free environment for yourself and your family's benefit.
Smoking in vehicles with young children present is also dangerous because they may want to play with your cigarette or put items in their mouth. This exposes them to toxic substances that could lead to birth defects or other problems if they're born into smoking families.
Children who live with smokers are almost twice as likely to start smoking by the time they reach 18 years old than those who do not live with smokers. This is called "social smoking" and it's very common among teens who live with or have friends who smoke. They might be tempted to smoke because it's popular or because it provides some relief from stress but this behavior has serious consequences for their health.
Tobacco smoke leaves dangerous residue on carpets, walls, and other surfaces after the smoke has cleared. Researchers think that these persistent substances, like smoking and secondhand smoke, can affect your health. They also may be responsible for causing or contributing to cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, lung, bladder, kidney, pancreas, stomach, bowel, cervix, testicles, and ovaries.
What are the dangers of cigarette smoke residue? Studies have shown that it can cause cancer if you are exposed to high levels of residue for a long period of time. Children who live with smokers face a greater risk of developing respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis. Those who play on contaminated floors are at increased risk for infections caused by bacteria such as streptococcus.
How does cigarette smoke residue get into your home? When you smoke in a room where you do not want to smell like smoke, such as a library or bedroom, the odor will likely travel with the smoke until it clears out. Once inside, the residue will stay behind on furniture, carpeting, and other surfaces. Over time, this contamination can lead to serious health consequences for you and your family.
You should clean surface areas where tobacco smoke has settled regularly to reduce your exposure to residue.
Babies and toddlers can be injured when they crawl on floors, sit in automobiles, or are carried by adults because they breathe in hazardous substances. Third-hand smoke has the potential to settle on these surfaces. Pets are also at danger because cigarette smoke toxins remain in their fur or feathers. These pets may then eat or lick themselves after being with smokers.
Children spend a large amount of time around people who smoke. If you don't want your child to learn about smoking or become addicted, then keep them away from smokers. Teach your child not to touch others' cigarettes, but if he does, to let him know that this is not nice behavior. In addition, make sure that he is not eating or drinking anything out of the smoker's mouth. This includes the contents of his own pocketbook or purse!
If you are still smoking in the home, then children are likely to follow suit. It is important to quit before you start thinking that you can smoke anywhere else in the house and leave your children unsupervised. If you fail to stop smoking when you think it's safe, then they might get sick from second-hand smoke too!
Smoking in the home is a major risk factor for infants and young children. If you would prefer that they not visit anyone who smokes, then do not allow it in your home. Otherwise, you will be sending them a message that smoking is acceptable behavior.
Babies and toddlers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop asthma, allergies, and recurrent lung and ear infections. Smoke enters the house through vents and beneath doors. Babies' respiratory issues might be exacerbated by even brief exposure. Smoking in front of your baby or toddler should be avoided to prevent them from getting sick too.
Secondhand smoke contains over 70 known carcinogens, many of which are toxic chemicals that can be found in cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco. These toxins can enter the body through skin contact with smokers or via the airways when someone smokes near you. They might cause cancer later in life if they're inhaled deeply into the lungs.
Children who live with smokers are about three times more likely than others to start smoking themselves. This is because they think it's normal for adults to smoke and believe it doesn't hurt them. It's important to encourage children not to smoke, and if they do smoke, to avoid being around them when they're burning off nicotine levels.
If you don't live with smokers, then you shouldn't be affected by their smoking. However, even if you leave the room sometimes during a fight with your partner, you could still be exposed to secondhand smoke. That's why it's important to ensure that your home is smoke-free, so that your baby's health is not put at risk.