Third Hand Smoke
“Third hand smoke refers to the invisible yet toxic gases and particles clinging to hair, skin, clothing, or furnishings after smoking has ceased.” Naturalnews.com
How do you feel when you smell someone else’s cigarette smoke?
But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword. (Prov. 5:4; NLT)
When my immune system began breaking down well over 25 years ago, one of the first things that surfaced was intolerance to cigarette smoke. I could smell it for what seemed like miles away. Typical symptoms of a headache or burning and itchy eyes were only part of the picture. I would actually feel myself getting emotionally charged and even angry. Such behavior was uncharacteristic for me. I thought I was just upset at the smell. However, there is more to the picture.
There are up to 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke! Get that number…4000 in one of those cancer-causing sticks! Things such as benzene, butane, hydrogen cyanide, radioactive materials, heavy metals, and many other carcinogens to name a few.
Many of us probably grew up with second hand smoke due to one or both of our parents smoking. Second hand smoke comes from another person’s cigarette. There is well substantiated evidence about the harm this causes. Third hand smoke refers to the invisible, yet toxic, gases that cling to skin, hair, clothing, and furnishings once the smoking has ceased. I read several sources for this article and the consensus is that the toxic chemicals in smoke can linger and become embedded in surroundings and people. Even after any visible smoke is gone, the chemicals can still be inhaled and are harmful to those who come in contact with them. Opening windows or using fans is not sufficient to rid an area of toxic contaminants.
An article in Science Daily says (Link of the Day):
Nicotine in third-hand smoke, the residue from tobacco smoke that clings to virtually all surfaces long after a cigarette has been extinguished, reacts with the common indoor air pollutant nitrous acid to produce dangerous carcinogens. The burning of tobacco releases nicotine in the form of a vapor that adsorbs strongly onto indoor surfaces, such as walls, floors, carpeting, drapes, and furniture. Nicotine can persist on those materials for days, weeks, and even months.
Think of the impact of this on children who crawl on the floor or who are held or carried by a smoker. With over 4000 chemicals bombarding my brain, I now know that my neurological system was being assaulted from the third hand smoke.
If you’ve never smoked, DON’T start. If you’re a smoker and want to quit, here is one more reason to do so…for the health of those around you.
Father, thank You that Your Word says that nothing is impossible with You. I pray for any of our readers who are smokers. I pray for grace and strength for them to be able to press into You and lay down this habit once and for all.
Link of the Day
Carcinogens Form from Third-Hand Smoke
Blessings on you as you continue to educate yourself about how to remain healthy.
Photo by J.L. Trinh