How Long Does Third Hand Smoke Last?

While the harms of secondhand smoke exposure are reduced once the smoke clears, thirdhand smoke lingers long after the secondhand smoke has dissipated – even years.

Because thirdhand smoke does not simply go away once combustion has ended, nonsmokers’ exposure to hazardous particles can occur long into the future.

How bad is 3rd hand smoke?

Smoking outside decreases exposure to third-hand smoke, but friends and family members will still be exposed to THS on the skin, hair, and clothes of smokers. While occasional exposure to low levels of THS is not expected to have long-term effects on health, frequent exposure may increase the risk of developing cancer.

How do I get rid of third hand smoke in my house?

Thoroughly wash walls and ceilings with detergent and very hot water to remove as much nicotine and tar residue as possible. Wear gloves and use multiple clean rags to prevent simply pushing the residue around.

Does washing clothes remove third hand smoke?

If you or your home has been exposed to cigarette smoke, there are steps you can take to get rid of the residue that leads to thirdhand exposure. You can: Wash all your clothing. Wash all bedding and linens.

Can cigarette smoke linger in a house for years?

Possible Health Issues

THS can linger for weeks, months, or even years if not completely removed. THS residue can be found on the walls, floors, furniture, ceiling tiles, and carpets.