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Third Hand Smoke: What Is It and How It Affects Your Health

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New studies with lab mice have revealed a connection between "third hand smoke" and bodily harm similar to that of smokers.

Third hand smoke is the residue of nicotine and smoke particulates left on surfaces after second-hand smoke settles.

Some of the dangers include increased blood sugar, behavioral problems, lung inflammation, liver fibrosis, and even absence from school. Children who live with smokers had an average of 40% more absences from school than students from non-smoking households.

Dr. Lowell Dale wrote an article describing some of the side effects and the ways to prevent damage.

"The only way to protect nonsmokers from third hand smoke is to create a smoke-free environment, whether that's your private home or vehicle, or in public places, such as hotels and restaurants," writes Dale.

That's right, folks: there is no convenient way to remove smoke residue from surfaces and it can only build. Non-smokers can put themselves at risk when they or their families are exposed to a third-hand smoke environment.

Watch the Dr. Mike segment above to hear what he has to say about third hand Smoke.

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