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‘I would quit, but ...’
Is thirdhand smoke an unspoken killer?
Len’s Drug staff
e have entered 2018!
Can you believe it?
The new year is
when we take the
time to evaluate the things we want to
change. The time we think about the
things we want to do differently. There are
times we think about how we can improve
our lives and in the process improve our
children’s lives. Most parents and grand-
parents, and I am sure you are one of them,
want to pass on or ensure their children or
grandchildren have better lives than they
had. We are always looking for something
to improve our lives and the lives of our
children or grandchildren.
The pharmacists and staff at Len’s
Drug want to give some advice or thoughts
about what little changes could help im-
prove your life and by proxy, improve
your kids’ lives forever in regards to quit-
ting smoking and tobacco use.
Smoking can impact your children
even if you don’t smoke around them.
Secondhand smoke and the effects of
it have been known for years. Howev-
er, what is not talked about much is the
impact of thirdhand smoke. Thirdhand
smoke can impact your children even if
you do not smoke around them.
10 // Family Health Guide 2018
Thirdhand smoke is the residual or left-
over nicotine and other chemicals that re-
main on clothing and surfaces after some-
one smokes in an area.
Five dangers of thirdhand smoke (from
the Cleveland Clinic):
1. May be a culprit in more cancer cases
• Specifically lung cancer
2. May damage DNA
• This increases the risk of diseases
3. May react with airborne chemicals to
form carcinogens
• A study published in 2010 found that
nicotine reacting with airborne chemicals
can form the carcinogens.
• It only suggests a connection and
does not prove it.
• The dangers of thirdhand smoke to
largely be unknown at this time.
4. Children are most at risk.
• This is due to their exposure on their
clothes and other surfaces in the house.
• For very young children the danger is
even greater due to the fact they common-
ly touch objects and then put their hands
in their mouth.
5. Removing the residue is very difficult.
• Regular cleaning does not remove
thirdhand smoke.
• Airing out a room does not remove
thirdhand smoke.
• Once it is on a surface, it can last
for years.
• The only way to get rid of it is to
paint and replace carpet.
• Thus, the only way to reduce expo-
sure risk is to stop smoking.
We here at Len’s Drug want to help
you along on your journey. You may
have heard about the program “Kick
Buts.” It was started in 2015, and it
was designed by Len’s Drug to help
you explore all those “buts” that keep
you from diving headlong into stopping
all tobacco. “I would quit ‘but’ I might
gain weight”; “I would quit, ‘but’ I can’t
handle the stress”; “I would quit, ‘but’
I don’t have any support”; and the list
goes on and on.
Currently, Len’s Drug offers smok-
ing cessation counseling one-on-one by
appointment and in group settings once
a quarter. The most effective way to
quit smoking is to have support and use
a smoking cessation medication. Your
pharmacist at Len’s Drug is more than
happy to help you find the medication
that would work best for you.
The curriculum we use for your
group and single sessions is the Freedom
From Smoking created by the American
Lung Association.
Come by Len’s Drug for more infor-
mation or call us at 541-575-0629.