You've heard of secondhand smoking, but did you know there is also thirdhand smoking? The children's health advocacy group Healthy Child Healthy World says thirdhand smoke is when a smoker leaves toxic residues on things like clothes, fabric, furnishings, walls, bedding and other porous surfaces in a room. While the simplest step to protect children is to avoid smokers altogether, that isn't always possible. If you go into a room that has traces of smoke, open a window and use fans to circulate air. Ask smokers to change clothes and wash their hands before interacting with infants and children. The charity says to think of smoking as insecticide: Cigarette smoke has over 2,500 hazardous chemicals in it that no child should be exposed to.
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