Third-hand smoke is the latest identified risk to babies

Second-hand smoke has become a common term but a newly identified threat from smoking — third-hand smoke — can be just as dangerous, even in the womb.

A study published in the American Journal of Physiology and conducted by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute found that third-hand smoke — when the toxins linger on a smoker, fabric and other surfaces after the cigarette is extinguished — can impact the lung development in utero.

The impact third-hand smoke has on lung development can lead to asthma and other respiratory ailments that can last a lifetime.

The study also showed that infants living in houses with strict no-smoking policies have nicotine levels that are six times lower than infants exposed to smoke.

For more on the study, click here.

Pregnant women and their families in Northeast Florida who want to quit smoking  can call the Florida QuitLine (1-888-U-CAN-NOW) or access free smoking cessation classes called “Quit Smoking Now.”