What is Third-Hand Smoke?

Smoking cigarettes has been proven to cause cancer and other respiratory diseases. Second-hand smoke that is breathed in by others can also cause these diseases. Most people think that the lingering effects of cigarettes ends here, but now there is the issue of third-hand smoke.


What is Third-Hand Smoke?
If second-hand smoke is the smoke that’s breathed in by others, then third-hand smoke is what’s left over afterwards. It is the excess smoke that ends up settling into the carpet, furniture, wallpaper, dust particles, clothing, etc. Residue and compounds are still existent here and can potentially cause harm to those who are exposed to them. Unfortunately, research has come to the conclusion that third-hand smoke may be carcinogenic and extremely dangerous.


Burning Questions
  • How long do the newly created compounds of third-hand smoke actually last?
  • Can third-hand smoke cause cancer, heart disease, or asthma?
  • How much exposure to third-hand smoke does it take for it to be deemed unsafe?
While these questions do remain unanswered, research suggests that homes with previous smokers still had traces of third-hand smoke almost 20 years later. This is because the compounds of smoke remained attached to the carpets, flooring, drywall, etc Those who move into new homes may want to find out if any of the previous owners were smokers, especially doing so inside.


The Cure
Ridding your home of the components of third-hand smoke can be extreme because you may have to lay down new flooring as well as replacing the original drywall. Afterwards, you should have your HVAC system professionally cleaned so none of the contaminants are sitting in the air ducts, waiting to be spread throughout the house.


Third-hand smoke is something that should be taken seriously, especially to smokers who don’t mind smoking in their homes. When you want to remove these toxic compounds from your HVAC system, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston for an air duct cleaning. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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