Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Third-hand Smoke a Risk for Non-Smokers

January
2009

Experts have identified toxins left by second-hand smoke, or "third-hand" smoke, as a risk to health, as third-hand smoke can contain many of the harmful toxins contained in cigarette smoke, including lead, polonium-219, and arsenic. A survey found that only 65% of non-smokers and 43% of smokers agreed that third-hand smoke could he harmful.