If there is a scientific link that 3rd, 4th, 5th hand smoke can hurt pregnant mothers – will a new study show that any other latent smoking can hurt, say fish?
If this is the case – they why don’t government simply come out and ban smoking and all tobacco?
There is plenty of evidence that “second-hand” smoke – breathed when you are in the same room as someone smoking – can be harmful, particularly to children, and some parents adopt a strategy of never smoking in their child’s presence.
However, Professor Jonathan Winickoff, from Massachusetts General Hospital, said this would not offer complete protection.
Toxic particles in cigarette smoke can remain on nearby surfaces, as well as the hair and clothing of the smoker, long after the cigarette has been put out, and small children are susceptible because they are likely to breathe in close proximity, or even lick and suck them.
Other studies have linked this exposure to learning problems in children.
Which government is going to be the first to ban smoking, full stop? Should we start a book to see?
Professor Winickoff said: “The dangers of third-hand smoke are very real – when you smoke – any place – toxic particulate matter from tobacco smoke gets into your hair and clothing.”
I would now presume that the toxins in anything will be subject to review – all plastic will be banned, all paint will be banned, all cars will be banned – the list is endless.
Long live the
politically correct nanny state – we all need it, as you know.