Secondhand Smoke & Thirdhand Smoke


“What is secondhand smoke?”
When a person smokes near you, you breathe secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of the cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. When you breath secondhand smoke, it is like you are smoking.” – The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General (2006) at

CDC Tips from Former Smokers – Nathan M.

“What exactly is thirdhand smoke?”
The short answer: Thirdhand smoke is the chemical residue that’s left behind on clothes, skin, furniture, walls and other surfaces after someone smokes. The particles in thirdhand smoke are toxic to humans, especially children” – Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center at

A residual contamination from tobacco smoke that remains after cigarette is extinguished, usually cling to hair, skin, clothing, and furniture surfaces (

Thirdhand Smoke Dangers

The Dangers of Thirdhand Smoke Exposure

Thirdhand Smoke (Nemours Kids Health)

SHS and THS are produced by cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, e-cigarettes and other commercial tobacco products and marijuana.

The US Surgeon General warns that NO AMOUNT of secondhand smoke is safe.

With almost 52% of Native adults and in California exposed to secondhand smoke and about 54% of Native youth exposed to secondhand smoke or vape it is very important to increase Native Peoples’ safety from these health hazards.

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