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What Is Thirdhand Smoke?

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  • Despite decades of warnings, smoking continues to be the largest preventable cause of disease in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 each year and contributing $300 billion in direct medical care and lost productivity
  • You may be exposed to chemicals from cigarettes in smoke-free settings when toxins are deposited on furniture, carpeting and walls; called thirdhand smoke, you may inhale the chemicals after they once again become airborne
  • This invisible, toxic and sometimes odorless combination may be contributing to the rising number of people suffering lung cancer who have never smoked
  • The chemical residue may build, remaining in place for years, and is resistant to most normal cleaning methods, which means remediation may require replacement of furniture and carpeting, as well as cleaning walls and ceilings before repainting

By Dr. Mercola

Despite decades of education and warnings by the U.S. Surgeon General, smoking continues to be the "single largest preventable cause of cancer and disease in the United States." Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 people in the U.S. each year, contributing to $300 billion in direct medical care and lost productivity.


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