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Thirdhand smoke gets on:
Thirdhand smoke can stay on unwashed surfaces for days, weeks and even months.
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If your building has a no-smoking policy:
If smoking is allowed in your building, you can:
Building owners have the right to make their building smoke-free. Many state and local governments have resources to help owners or managers make their building smoke-free. Units can also be made nonsmoking as they become vacant or when the lease is renewed.
A smoke free policy can:
Talk with your neighbors:
Thirdhand smoke refers to the toxins from cigarette smoke that get left on the surfaces of objects, becoming more toxic over time. Have you ever stood near someone who wasn't smoking yet still smelled like tobacco smoke? That smell is from thirdhand smoke.
Through thirdhand smoke, people can be exposed to the same toxins found in tobacco smoke. Low levels of toxins can build up to dangerous levels in the body. This can cause learning problems for children.
If you have thirdhand smoke on your clothes and then cuddle your baby, your baby can breathe in these toxins. Babies have tiny lungs and breathe rapidly, so more tobacco toxins get into their bodies.