Just when we thought having separate areas for smokers and non-smokers in public places was at least a step in the right direction toward public health, here is some troubling news for those looking to avoid the harmful effects of cigarettes. A recent study found that exposure to third-hand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking a cigarette directly. Third-hand smoke is the residue left behind from cigarette smoke which ends up on surfaces and fabrics. This means that spending time in a smoker’s home or sitting at an outdoor table that is also used by smokers has the potential to cause dangerous health risks. Second-hand smoke can settle in any room frequented by smokers, leaving everyone who later enters at risk.
What does this mean for anti-smoking laws? The push for Tobacco Free seems to be more vital than ever.
The researchers note that smoking tobacco remains a worldwide cause of serious health threats for smokers and nonsmokers alike, affected approximately 1.5 billion people globally.
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