Entries in Thirdhand Smoke (2)


Louisiana Hospital Won't Allow Workers to Wear Smoky Clothes

Hemera/Thinkstock(ALEXANDRIA, La.) -- Some workers might think it stinks that they won't be able to go back on the job if they smell of their last cigarette, but administrators at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana don't care, as the facility is taking its anti-smoking policy to another level.

Next July, the hospital will officially ban all employees from smoking at work, even during breaks.  It's an expansion of a policy that already exists in the women's and children's areas.

Cabrini officials say that the toxins from third-hand smoke that collects in fabrics can be especially detrimental to the brains of small children and infants.

Employees were notified of the new policy by mail two months ago so they can adjust their habits accordingly.  Ultimately, the hospital would prefer that all its workers be smoke-free by next July.

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Study: Thirdhand Smoke More Hazardous Than Previously Believed

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Thirdhand smoke -- the smoke that sticks to clothing, hair and furniture -- may be more dangerous than previously believed, according to a new study from the American Chemical Society.

The study, published in ACS’ journal, Environmental Science & Technology, found that residual nicotine from thirdhand smoke can form toxic pollutants when it comes in contact with ozone in indoor air.  As a result, babies crawling on carpets, people laying on couches or people eating tainted food could be at a health risk.

Researchers for the study, which was published in ACS’ journal, Environmental Science & Technology, tested how nicotine interacted with indoor air on various materials, like cellulose and cotton, to simulate results on household surfaces.

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