(NaturalHealth365) Most of us have heard of second hand smoke, but have you heard of third hand smoke? If not, it’s time to educate yourself about it, because research out of the University of California, Riverside has determined that it can be extremely harmful to health.
Third hand smoke (THS) is created when smoke emanating from lit cigarettes as well as exhaled cigarette smoke transfers onto surfaces including home items, clothing and the human body. Research is now showing that exposure to it can cause a range of health problems including liver damage, lung damage, hyperactivity and wound-healing complications.
Exposure to third hand smoke can harm the liver and brain in just one month
The goal of the University of California, Riverside study was to find out just what health effects are caused by third hand smoke and how long it takes for onset. The researchers determined that health problems resulting from third hand smoke can come on as quickly as one month following exposure, and this effect only gets worse with time.
For the study, researchers set up a system that closely mimicked what happens when humans are exposed to THS. The effect of this exposure was tracked and studied in terms of 24 key health biomarkers for disease, cellular damage as well as brain and liver tissues.
After two months, even more molecular damage was tracked. At four to six months, the damage was even worse. The mice studied also started showed insulin resistance and immune system fatigue from long-term THS exposure.
The mice became less social than non-exposed mice and eventually showed signs of addiction to cigarettes. The study results were published in a Portland Press journal called Clinical Science.
Effects of smoking and third hand smoke cause a cascade of health problems
The effects of THS to the liver and to the brain are the most troubling. The liver is key in detoxifying the body and keeping it healthy. When it is not functioning optimally, the cell damage caused by THS and other toxins can be exponentially worse. Brain and nervous system health is crucial to just about every bodily function.
Third hand smoke just could be more insidious than the other forms of cigarette smoke in that it is silent and invisible. People handling items that have been contaminated with THS may not be aware they are even being exposed.
And, while THS can be regulated or avoided in one’s own home, it could be anywhere, including countertops, rental car interiors, hotel rooms and other environments where smokers have been.
Negative health effects of smoking even worse than we thought
THS has also been shown to be highly resilient, remaining on surfaces for years. They are even resistant to the strongest cleansing agents. Over time, they can react to ambient air and turn into carcinogenic chemicals. Children are even more vulnerable than adults to THS.
The negative effects of smoking are well known, but this new information takes the risk to a new level. Share this information with smokers and non-smokers alike.
Sources for this article include:
GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals
Natural Health 365
Natural Health 365 is a premium source of trending and popular health-related news, science, testimony & research articles on the most up to date and relevant natural health information. The articles on GMOs & other Dangerous Chemicals found herein are meant to inform and advise our site visitors on steering clear of foods and other consumer products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms and/or Chemicals that are DANGEROUS to human health.
Join thousands of daily visitors staying informed and involved on Natural Health 365! We seek out scientific solutions with proven results and it is our mission to keep you up to date on the latest information! Articles range in topic from vaccination overviews to linking specific, common vaccines to the development of autism. We also aim to educate the public on the dangers of vaccines and provide in depth analysis of political vaccination bills.
Read Some of Our Most Popular Articles
Consumer Alert: GMO Apples & Potatoes are a Public Health Risk, Roundup Herbicide & GMOs Destroy Your Digestive System, US Senate Votes to Shut Down GMO Labeling Bill, Monsanto Lies Revealed.
GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals
More Articles on GMOs & Toxic Chemicals
In addition to publishing articles concerning the most up-to-date information on GMO Foods, Research, & Toxic Chemicals that have dangerous and unintended consenquences, we also aim to connect healthy lifestyles, non-GMO diets and balanced consumption of dietary supplements to lifelong health and adding happy years to your life.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Monsanto is one of the most profitable entities on the planet, while the farmers that make them so successful are barely able to feed their families? Or that mono-cropping erodes our top soil so that no vegetables, grains, or fruits will grow in the wake of a mono-cropped field? Perhaps you didn’t know that organized events to protest Monsanto and their signature chemical, Roundup? You can find all of that information and more right here on Natural Health 365.
Join Our Email List
Each day, visitors sign up for our weekly informative news sent directly to their email or RSS feed agregator. We send out three weekly emails keeping you informed and involved on the latest Natural Health News, information about our FREE SHOWS and updates on your favorite topics including Food & Nutrition, Cancer & Heart Disease, Vaccines & Autism, & – of course – GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals!
You can also check out our VIP member area, The Inner Circle, where you get access to thousands of recorded interview (audio/video), pod casts, & literature by some of the worlds foremost experts on Natural Health and Treatments that could save you thousands! Learn how to REVERSE disease without the use of toxic and expensive medications.
Natural Health 365 also is a venue for webinars on various topics, has a flourishing e-commerce store where you can purchase vitamins, pro biotics, supplements and unique products such as Grazing Goat Whey Protein.
Grazing Goat Whey Protein™ is formulated exclusively for the health-conscious consumer looking for the finest whey protein nutritional supplement on the planet.* Best of all, this goat whey protein comes from goats that graze – 365 days per year – on pesticide and chemical free pastures. No hormones, antibiotics or pesticides are used – ever. This product is non-GMO and gluten free.