Thirdhand smoke is dangerous! It can affect young children, pregnant women, older people, animals and of course, people who have respiratory illnesses. We’ve seen and heard this before but are you really knowledgeable on what this is all about?
Thirdhand smoke overview
This is the smoke residue that can easily stick to mostly everything. It can stick to hair, clothes, carpets, chairs, tables and a whole lot more. So even if you put out your cigarette, that doesn’t mean that the people around you are safe from its effects. If you must know, the nicotine which can be found in cigarettes can easily combine to other particles which can be found on indoor air (nitrous acid). This creates a new compound that is known as a cancer-causing chemical.
Protect yourself and your loved ones from thirdhand smoke
Quit smoking or encourage people to stop
If you are smoking or someone close to you smokes, then this is the perfect time to quit. While other people claim that smoking helps them with stress, we all have to remember its negative effects. Apparently, the bad effects outweigh the good ones (if there is really any to begin with).
Keep your distance from people who smoke
This is not because you want to cut ties with them. But you have to physically keep your distance as thee residue can stick to your hair and then the cycle which we mentioned above will start.
Have a strict rule that no one can smoke inside your car and house
This is important most especially if you have kids or pets. Chances are, people will not get offended when you say that smoking is not allowed in your personal space. You just need to explain to them your concerns about the health implications of thirdhand smoke.
The same rule applies to e-cigarette users
Just so you know, the same thing should be applied to e-cigarette users. These e-cigarettes usually contain nicotine and will have an effect similar to traditional tobacco. If you are near someone who uses e-cigarettes, you are likely to breathe an aerosol from an exhaled nicotine.
Ask professional cleaners to work on your home or car
Even if you try to clean your house or car to get rid of the cigarette residue there is a big possibility that you will still leave some traces. The best way to go is to hire professionals to do it for you. But this is also a solution that is not 100 percent guaranteed. There might be creases or narrow spots that even professional cleaners might not get through. Again, the best solution for this is to quit.
And when is the best time? Now.
Studies revealed that even those who quit will have a contaminated home after 6 months. This is not ideal if you have babies or pets going around the house. They will still be exposed to the pollutants and might suffer sooner than you thought.
The next question is, is it possible to quit smoking after years of usage? Let us know your thoughts.