Study Shows Nicotine That Clings to Surfaces Can Be Inhaled Months After a Smoker Leaves an AreaScared yet?
Thirdhand smoke, the nicotine residue that is left behind on furniture, walls, and carpeting after a cigarette has been smoked in a room, can become airborne a second time, a new study shows.
The resulting particulates, a toxic mix of ozone and nicotine, are so small that they can easily penetrate into the deepest parts of the lung, and over time, scientists say, could contribute to breathing problems like asthma or even cancer.
Only recently have scientists have begun to measure and understand the dangers of exposure to thirdhand smoke.Well yes, because nutty public health funders have only recently begun to pay handsomely for the correct conclusions.
Previous research has shown that thirdhand smoke can rub off onto skin and even be ingested if food is eaten that’s been exposed to smoke. It was also shown that dust could carry thirdhand smoke to the lungs.Some of said research was even conducted by companies which don't sell anti-bacterial floor mops.
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The researchers also found that humid conditions appeared to be somewhat protective against exposure to the products of thirdhand smoke.How is that relevant, one might ask? Smoking has been banned by just about every airline worldwide, it's surely one of the last places you'd find nicotine residue.
“This may not be very significant under normal indoor conditions where relative humidity is governed by comfort and kept around 60%,” says Dubowski. “However, in airplanes, where relative humidity is particularly low, less than 20%, and ozone concentrations can reach higher than 100 parts per billion, the potential for exposure to products of thirdhand smoke products may be greater.”
And then the penny drops ... they're talking about the nicotine carried on the clothes of smokers themselves. If they can just make this scare story stick (pun unintended), who's to bet against cotinine swabbing alongside body scanners as you pass through security.
"Sorry, Sir. You've been smoking so we can't let you fly today as you're a danger to public health".
I'll admit to not having seen that one coming.