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Babies exposed to cigarette toxins via invisible residue

Over the past few years, the ability to smoke inside buildings throughout the United States has been largely reduced. States such as Florida, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania have eliminated smoking indoors in the majority of businesses. These new laws have made it easier for parents to ensure their children are safe from harmful toxins caused by smoking. But is banning smoking in buildings really keeping families safe? A new study suggests the ban on smoking indoors doesn’t make us as safe as previously thought. A University of Texas study found that “babies and young children are being exposed to toxic particles from cigarettes, even when no one is smoking nearby,” and “residue from smokers' fingers and clothes has been picked up in the systems of babies, being cared for in hospital neonatal units.” The study found that “third-hand smoke” can travel indoors, stay there, and expose people to potentially harmful toxins in a smoke-free environment. According to the study, “toxins including nicotine have been detected in babies' urine.” While the idea of “third-hand smoke” might be foreign to many of us, experts have known and been researching it for about five years. Here’s hoping smokers will be more aware of the dangers their habit poses to others, and hopefully other states will follow the lead of Florida, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.

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