'Thirdhand' smoke poses health risks, say US scientists

'Thirdhand' smoke poses health risks, say US scientists

Today·2020-03-08 08:00

WASHINGTON — The stale odour that announces a smoker's entry into a room may be more than merely unpleasant.

A new study by scientists at Yale University has found that compounds from tobacco smoke can infiltrate well-ventilated rooms by hitching a ride on peoples' clothes, skin, and hair and then evaporating slowly over time in a process called "off-gassing".

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