A short article in the Daily Mirror today, reporting on a presentation at a conference in Dallas, made the claim that third-hand smoke could pose a "serious health risk especially to babies".
To put this new research into context we contacted Cancer Research UK. Dr Claire Knight, CRUK’s health information manager, said: “It’s been known for many decades that smoking causes disease and death but research continues to reveal just how dangerous the chemicals in cigarettes are. Thirdhand smoke – where chemicals from tobacco smoke stick to surfaces and remain long after a cigarette is finished – has been shown to damage the DNA in cells in the lab. Although we don’t yet know the impact on people in the real world, evidence is beginning to show that thirdhand smoke could potentially be harmful. Smoking is responsible for nearly a fifth of all cancer cases in the UK and is by far the biggest preventable cause of cancer. The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit. The evidence is clear that quitting benefits smokers and those around them.”