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Published:February 11th, 2010 13:06 EST
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Third-Hand Smoke: The Hidden Menace

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Lingering residue from tobacco smoke which clings to upholstery, clothing and the skin releases cancer-causing agents, work in PNAS journal shows.

don't smokeBerkeley scientists in the US ran lab tests and found `substantial levels` of toxins on smoke-exposed material.

They say while banishing smokers to outdoors cuts second-hand smoke, residues will follow them back inside and this `third-hand smoke. may harm."

We`ve all heard of second-hand smoke, and most non-smokers don`t let cigarette fiends smoke inside their homes. If someone dared smoke inside my house without my permission, I would use my fire extinguisher to put out the cigarette.

But until today I had never heard of third-hand smoke. Now that I am aware of this hazard, if somebody steps outside of my house to smoke a cancer stick, I won`t let him back inside.

Letting somebody who stepped out to your front porch to light up back into your house is as dangerous as welcoming a serial killer into your home.

Smokers are like a walking toxic site, the harmful residue clings to them like stink on poop. From now on I won`t let any smokers into my home.

Friends, now that you know about third-hand smoke, take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your family.

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