Study: Smokers Leave Behind Much More Than Smoke in Homes

7 September 2016| By Kevin Trieu

In a small study that was published in Tobacco Control, researchers found that even after someone quits, toxins from cigarettes can linger on walls in people’s homes six months after someone quits. Researchers studied 65 smokers who were quitting over a 6 month period to observe the effects of tobacco smoke had on someone’s homes. They discovered that after six months, there were still toxins (such as nicotine) that were on house dust and surfaces such as walls and tables that occurred before smoking cessation. Please note that, there was a decline in the amount of toxins on the walls and surfaces, but there were still traces of the toxins six months after last use.

This was a relatively small study, so I would generally be wary of the results, had it not been something that has been well documented in years previous. This is called Thirdhand smoke. “Thirdhand smoke is the residue of tobacco smoke that accumulates on surfaces, textiles, and people after smoking has occurred in a room.” according to Respiratory Health Association (RHA). RHA has been a powerhouse lead in advocating for smoke-free homes, because of this problem exactly. Well after someone is done smoking, the effects and residue can still linger on. This is just another example of how one person smoking affects everyone around them.

Have you guys had any experiences with a home where someone smokes in? let me know in the comments down below.

Link to the study can be found here.

Link to the story can be found here.

To find out more about Smoke-free housing, check out RHA’s page on it here and check out their fact-sheet on thirdhand smoke.



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