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1/6/09- Longview

"Third-Hand Smoke" Dangerous For Children

You've heard of the dangers of second-hand smoke but medical experts say a new study suggest "third-hand smoke" can be just as dangerous; especially when it comes to children.

"Third-hand smoke is smoke left in the air, smoke left on residue or on clothes. Research shows that that's just as harmful as actually inhaling the actual smoke," said Estella Torres, a women's health nurse practitioner.

The Journal of Pediatrics study suggests that toxic particles in cigarette smoke can remain on nearby surfaces. You can put the cigarette butt out but the dangers still linger.

"The smoke lingers and it's in the carpets, it's in the drapes, it's in the car seats and those chemical and things are just as harmful as smoking in front of the baby," said Torres.

Women's nurse practitioner Sheli Kipp says third-hand smoke presents the most dangerous risk to babies and pregeant women.

"If the mom is ingesting smoke it's going into the baby. So [it's] second-hand, smoke third-hand smoke, however you want to say it." said Kipp. "It seems that most of the babies that die to sids are to smoking moms or to smoking in the house hold."

Nicole Williamson is a mom and a smoker who is trying to stop for the sake of her 2 year-old son Jaydyn.

"I do smoke myself and I don't allow smoke in my house because of the baby," said Williamson. "I am definitely trying to stop and trying to work things out and make my life healthier and make my babies life healthier."

Medical experts advise that if you have to smoke, do it outside, or don't smoke at all.

Medical experts say the dangers of third-hand smoke has also been attributed to low birth rate in babies. Also, the chemical in cigarettes is known to significantly increase the risk of serious pregnancy complications.

Lakecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com

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