Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Third-Hand Cigarette Smoke
From Scientific American:
Ever take a whiff of a smoker's hair and feel faint from the pungent scent of cigarette smoke? (Uh, no, but I have had to endure both men and women who sprayed themselves with gallons of perfume and cologne that is so overwhelming I can taste it and their scent leaves a contrail 20 feet behind them. - Drake]. Or perhaps you have stepped into an elevator and wondered why it smells like someone has lit up when there is not a smoker in sight. Welcome to the world of third-hand smoke.
"Third-hand smoke is tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette has been extinguished," says Jonathan Winickoff, a pediatrician at the Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston and author of a study on the new phenomenon published in the journal Pediatrics. According to the study, a large number of people, particularly smokers, have no idea that third-hand smoke—the cocktail of toxins that linger in carpets, sofas, clothes and other materials hours or even days after a cigarette is put out—is a health hazard for infants and children. Of the 1,500 smokers and nonsmokers Winickoff surveyed, the vast majority agreed that second-hand smoke is dangerous. But when asked whether they agreed with the statement, "Breathing air in a room today where people smoked yesterday can harm the health of infants and children," only 65 percent of nonsmokers and 43 percent of smokers answered "yes."
"Third-hand smoke," a term coined by Winickoff's research team, is a relatively new concept but one that has worried researchers and nonsmokers for several years.
Well, I'm sure Winickoff's research team will be the recipient of a massive amount of taxpayer money so he can prove his point.
The New York Times does their dutiful part perpetuating the horrors of third-hand smoke in what will soon and undoubtedly become labeled, AN EPIDEMIC!
What about fourth-hand smoke, which is released when a smoker farts?
Fourth-hand cigarette smoke is an epidemic! We need to something about fourth-hand cigarette smoke..."for the children." It is both dangerous and carcinogenic. We need to do something about it yesterday! It's...an epidemic!
In related No-Smoking Nazi News, Winona State University has banned outdoor cigarette smoking and - AND! - outdoor chewing tobacco on its premises. I fail to see how outdoor cigarette smoking can be an issue, but chewing tobacco outdoors is also banned? Chewing outdoors? Welcome to the No Tobacco Fascist State of America.
Ah, the good Gestapo at WSU. What's next...Nazi flags flying from the Administration Building and broadcasting via campus-wide speakers Wagner music?
You No-Smoking Nazis...you DO know that Hitler abhorred cigarette smoking, right? And that he was a vegetarian, and - not that means anything - a failed artist?
It was Hitler and the Nazi Party who were the first to ban cigarette use:
Germany had the world's strongest anti smoking movement in the 1930s and early 1940s,supported by Nazi medical and military leaders worried that tobacco might prove a hazard to the race.(1) (4)Many Nazi leaders were vocal opponents of smoking. Anti-tobacco activists pointed out that whereas Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt were all fond of tobacco, the three major fascist leaders of Europe-Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco-were all non-smokers. Hitler was the most adamant, characterising tobacco as "the wrath of the Red Man against the White Man for having been given hard liquor."
German anti-tobacco policies accelerated towards the end of the 1930s,and by the early war years tobacco use had begun to decline. The Luftwaffe banned smoking in 1938 and the post office did likewise.Smoking was barred in many workplaces, government offices, hospitals,and rest homes. The NSDAP (National sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) announced a ban on smoking in its offices in 1939, at which time SS chief Heinrich Himmler announced a smoking ban for all uniformed police and SS officers while on duty.(15) The Journal of the American Medical Association that year reported Hermann Goering's decree barring soldiers from smoking on the streets, on marches, and on brief off duty periods.
You good little goose-stepping No-Smoking Eichmanns are no better than Nazis. Actually, you're worse; far far worse.
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