I ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS ACTIVE SMOKING, PASSIVE SMOKING OR SECOND HAND SMOKING. BUT WHAT IS THE THIRD HAND SMOKING?
The PULMAOSA recently addressed the concepts of active smoking, passive smoking or second hand, in our articles about the smoke’s current primary or active or the article “Secondhand Smoke? No, Thanks®.”
But what is Third-Hand Smoke?
Everybody knows that cigarettes contain more than 4,000 substances, and among these about 60 are carcinogenic.
The term “Third-Hand Smoke is known to some of these constituents that permeate the household or car fabrics, the furniture, carpets and curtains of hotels or homes, the clothes of active smoking and passive smoking also. “In other words, it is the “smell of tobacco” which literally links to the people, furniture, utensils and clothes.
And this impregnation of the tobacco smell happens even if you open the windows or turn on the fan or air conditioning (which also has affected their filters).
The Third-Hand Smoking beside discomfort caused to the non-smokers, it is also capable of transmitting toxins primarily for preschool and school children because they are very sensitive and use the senses in its fullness and even unintentionally lead to mouth everything they put their hands.
The tobacco industry has among its targets the attraction of children, youth and women for their products. Remember that 70% of the selling points of cigarettes are close to schools and universities!
The Social Responsability and the Comunity
By the above, the entire school community: parents, school principals, teachers, traders, drivers of school transport and education and health managers need to be aware and engaged in educational campaigns and support including measures to increase the price of cigarettes in order to away and protect the present generation of 52 diseases caused by smoking and tobacco.
So if you are a smoker: Please, protect the children and yourself. Look for a doctor to be advised and treat smoking dependence. That would be a major step in order of protecting the health of your entire family.
Meanwhile, do not smoke indoors or at public places such as restaurants, bars or even inside your car, or your home.
Make sure that the driver of the school transport also follows this caution. After all, is the life of your children and yours own that are being placed at risk!
And this risk is fully preventable and treatable ! So, Consider Treatment to Quit Smoking! If you smoke consider the possibility to look for a Pulmonologist and start the treatment of nicotine dependence. It is possible, give you back to your health. In other words, a high sensation of liberty, which is priceless!
SBPT – Brazilian Thoracic Soceity
SBP- Brazilian Pediatrics Soceity