Everyone knows that smoking can lead to healthy problems. But did you know that smoking in homes can be hazardous to your health even after the cigarettes are put out? People would be a lot more likely to enforce strict no-smoking bans in their homes if they understood that thirdhand smoke- the residue of more than 250 toxins left behind after a cigarette is put out- lingers and poses healthy risks, especially to babies and young children.
There is no such thing as safe exposure levels for cigarette smoke, including the stuff that sticks around in walls, carpets, curtains, toys, furniture and even the smokers hair and clothing long after a cigarette or pipe has been put out. Smoking cigarettes makes up about 30% of all cancer deaths and ups your risk of cancers of the mouth, nasal passages, larynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix. This study shows that the threat of invisible gunk containing lead, arsenic, and hundreds of other contaminants left behind by cigarette smoke is a powerful convincer to kick the habit.
A particularly dramatic fact about thirdhand smoke: Babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable. In fact, babies can take in up to 20 times more thirdhand smoke than adults do. “Young children ingest twice as much house dust than adults,” Winickoff explains. “They’re on the floor, they breathe faster, and they’re mouthing everything they can, ingesting this toxic layer that’s been deposited.” Children are at an increased risk from the effects because their brains are still developing, and even low levels of cigarette smoke neurotoxins can have adverse consequences says Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, whose study on the subject was published in the journal Pediatrics. (Information from http://www.rodale.com/cigarette-smoke-and-lingering-toxins). Air Fresh Chem-Dry can help rid carpets, rugs and furniture of smoke smells and their toxins. Our professional deep cleaning equipment extracts deeper down without using any chemicals or added toxins like steam cleaning or shampooing. Our organic mineral bath type cleaning process will leave your carpets, rugs and furniture healthy and safe for your babies, kids and pets. Let Air Fresh Chem-Dry remove those nasty chemicals and toxins today. Call us at 1-866-384-7474 for a free estimate and scheduling needs.