Published in ‘Feline Wellness’, Summer 2010 issue
You’ve heard of the dangers of second hand smoke. Now it turns out that third hand smoke is just as risky to you and your animals, according to a study done by Lawrence Berkley Laboratory and reported by Mulligan Stew. Third hand smoke is comprised of the toxins that settled on surfaces such as carpeting, walls, upholstery, clothes, and even skin and hair. While second hand smoke is inhaled, third hand smoke is absorbed into the body by skin exposure, dust inhalation, and ingestion. Cats and other animals are especially at risk, because they’re closer to the surfaces these toxins adhere to.