Third-hand smoke is tobacco residue on surfaces from smoking. It combines with components found in the air inside our homes to form carcinogens that are harmful to humans and household pets.
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Infants and toddlers have more exposure to toxic chemicals from third-hand smoke because they can ingest tobacco residue by putting their hands in their mouths after touching contaminated surfaces.
Normal household cleaning does not remove residue and chemicals from third-hand smoke that builds up on surfaces.
Household pets ingest toxic chemicals from third-hand smoke when they groom their coats.
Residual contamination from tobacco smoke remains on clothing after leaving a smoky place.
Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries.
Third-hand smoke is not eliminated by opening widows, running fans or AC.