Health & Fitness Thirdhand Smoke Is Real—Here’s How It Can Damage Your Brain and Liver

21:27  09 october  2017
21:27  09 october  2017 Source:   Reader's Digest

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Thirdhand Smoke Is Real — Here ’ s How It Can Damage Your Brain and Liver . So here ’ s something completely new: Thirdhand smoke is potentially deadly as well, according to an alarming new study out of the University of California, Riverside.

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While many people haven’t heard how smoking can ruin their looks and put them at risk for diabetes, most have heard that secondhand smoke puts non-smokers at risk, as well. So here’s something completely new: Thirdhand smoke is deadly as well, according to an alarming new study out of the University of California, Riverside. Long after you’ve put out a cigarette, it’s toxins linger on your carpeting, furniture, bedding, clothing, skin, and hair, and they can cause serious harm to the health of those who live—or spend lots of time—with you.

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Smoke accumulates on surfaces, reacts with the air, and changes into carcinogenic chemicals, the study authors explain.

These toxins can remain on surfaces for years, and not only do they have no detectable odor, they’re resistant to even the strongest cleaning agents. So the researchers, Yuxin Chen, PhD, Manuela Martins-Green, PhD, and graduate student Neema Adhami decided to test whether the compounds could be pose health problems. For six months, they exposed mice to the carcinogens, and the results were alarming. Within one month of exposure to third-hand smoke (THS), the researchers began detecting harmful effects on the mice that continued to increase for the duration of the study. The mice suffered:

  • cell damage to the liver
  • cell damage to the brain
  • increased cortisol levels (the stress hormone, which is associated with weight gain, among other things)
  • weakened immune system
  • increased insulin resistance.

These last three are all associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Indeed, the researchers believe that this may be a significant consequence of long term exposure to third-hand smoke. The researchers point out that almost nothing is known about the effects of THS exposure over time. The study “can serve to educate the public on the dangers of THS, and the biomarkers we identified can be used in the clinic, once verified in exposed humans,” the researchers said.

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