Even Old Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Residue May be Dangerous to Kids

By Gary Cutlack on at

Researchers torturing poor little lab mice have found that their health is compromised by simply being near the residue left behind by smokers, with lingering after-smells said to affect the health of mice. So smoking in cars with your kids is probably going to be going to be even worse. Especially if you're a mouse and your children are mice.

The latest research, conducted by a team at the University of California, is pretty troubling. It found that smoker residue, left in a way that mimics the leftover stains and smells humans encounter, resulted in the poor mice developing fattier livers, displaying levels of hyperactivity and taking longer to heal wounds.

The depressing conclusion of the report is that: "It follows that children in environments where smoking is, or has been allowed, are at significant risk for suffering from multiple short-term and longer health problems, many of which may not manifest fully until later in life." [Healthland]

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