Study: Smoking in your home is more dangerous than you think

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, October 06 2016 Oct 6, 2016 Thursday, October 06, 2016 7:25:00 PM CDT October 06, 2016 in News
By: Adam Pressler, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – A new study, by the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University, found homes of smokers can remain polluted up to six months after smoking a cigarette.

The study examined the idea of tobacco smoke pollutants and how long exposure to the pollutants occurs after smoking in one’s home. The results found the most significant pollutant to be third hand smoke. 

“We all kind of know what second hand smoke is. That’s the smoke that cigarette smokers blow out of their mouth after inhaling or that they have the side stream smoke from the cigarette. Well, third hand smoke is left in the air that then moves to the wall, the carpet or furniture or even clothing,” said Dr. Kevin Everett, Associate Professor in community and family medicine at the University of Missouri.

Everett said children are the most susceptible to breathing in third hand smoke.

“They are on the floor and on carpets, they are on furniture much more than adults. It has been shown that children are at risk to ingest or have on their body dust more than 100 times more than adults,” he said.

Ashley and Jordan Gear are both smokers but say they are against smoking in the house.

“My step-dad just got off an oxygen tank so we smoke outside, plus we got kids in the house,” Jordan Gear said. “Yeah, we don’t want to smoke in front of the kids, especially because they say second hand smoke can be worse for you,” Ashley added.

But, the Gears said this is also learned from experience.

“We have smoked in the house before, and it does change things. If you have white walls, it turns them yellow,” Jordan Gear said. 

Smoking in closed spaces is against the doctor's orders. 

“Certainly, if you have young children or people with respiratory problems who are going to be at risk for ingestion problems related to third hand smoke, don’t smoke in your home, don't smoke in your car,” Everett said.

More News

Grid
List
SWEET SPRINGS - As temperatures rise in Central Missouri, so do fishermen's aspirations of landing their trophy catch. Missouri's lakes... More >>
34 minutes ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:49:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - "Organic" and "non-GMO"—these food labels adorn all kinds of products, from breakfast cereal to snack food. And according... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
BELLERIVE (AP) — The University of Missouri-St. Louis is considering eliminating some degree programs amid financial trouble. A committee... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:17:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Missouri State University and its food supplier are investigating to determine how a small mouse was found... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – A study out this week finds high stress levels among elementary teachers affect student behavior and performance. ... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:38:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than 100 immigrants gathered to become American citizens at the naturalization ceremony Wednesday afternoon. "It's... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:29:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Legal experts say Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was not entitled to use a donor list... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:11:56 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The head of an MU Latino student group said Wednesday a court ruling to protect the Deferred Action... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:06:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH - Hundreds celebrated the life of Miller County sheriff's deputy Casey Shoemate Wednesday morning. Shoemate died Friday... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:49:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. CHARLES (AP) — In a brief and subdued speech to hundreds of St. Louis area police officers, Missouri Gov.... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:41:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Union teachers are urging lawmakers to vote against a bill that would change how unions use dues... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:28:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA — One out of every three Missouri families is now affected by the opioid crisis. This fact drove the... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:50:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The five-year battle between Jefferson City YMCA and the city of Holts Summit intensified this week when... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:37:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
MONROE CITY (AP) — A mother and daughter are recovering after narrowly escaping their burning home with the help of... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:27:18 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City Power & Light is warning customers it is seeing a dramatic increase in... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:38:54 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missourians have mixed feelings about distracted driving, according to a Town Square survey by KOMU 8 News. ... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:31:00 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
UNION (AP) — An inmate has escaped from an eastern Missouri jail where he worked in the kitchen. The... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:08:00 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - A Moberly man who was not arrested until two years after investigators first got reports he was sexually... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:05:00 AM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
8pm 58°
9pm 57°
10pm 55°
11pm 53°