Cigarette smoke clinging to walls and furniture causing “third-hand smoke”

Third-hand smoke

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Cigarette smoke that clings to walls and furniture could cause DNA damage and potentially cancer.

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley say second-hand smoke can linger indoors and then react with indoor pollutants, creating brand new compounds that can cause DNA to mutate.Researchers say the best way to get rid of this third-hand smoke is to remove contaminated items like sofas and carpets.

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