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Third-Hand Smoke?

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You've heard of second-hand smoke. But, what about third-hand smoke?

Scientists now say that just the fumes off of someone who recently smoked elsewhere could have a negative effect on others especially children.

Dr. Norman Edelman, Director of the American Lung Association says, "There's evidence now that third-hand smoke is a risk factor in children like chronic ear infections and chronic respiratory infections. And if your clothes reek of smoke, your hair reeks of smoke...your little child is going to get an asthma attack, more than likely."

The American Lung Association says the best way to beat third hand smoking is to quit.

If that's not possible smoking outside can limit the fumes that get on your clothes.