a recent study says that third hand smoke – smoke that clings to clothes, hair, carpeting and furniture – is the new “threat”, especially so if done indoors and “highly likely to affect the occupants within the house, especially children.” via breath spa for kids,
Also publishing in 2004, Prof. Matt of San Diego University and his colleagues reported on astudy that found that tobacco by-products were trapped in household dust, carpets, ceiling tiles, soft furnishings etc. and therefore increased children’s exposure. These smoking by-products can have a legacy for several months after smoking occurred.
Even in homes where the parents smoke outside, the levels of tobacco contaminants were up to 7x greater than in homes where neither parent smokes. In homes where the adults smoke inside, the tobacco toxicity levels are up to 8x greater than in homes where parents smoke outside.
The researchers argue that children are more vulnerable to inhaling this type of third-hand smoke because they:
- spend more time indoors
- are in close physical contact with the smoker (e.g., cuddling, changing)
- breathe more frequently than adults
- may swallow contaminated items.
well, sarip didn’t know that. wait a sec, all the elders did not know that. and as far as it seems, a lot of kids in the yesteryears turn out fine, don’t they? we rarely hear cases of children getting sick easily, or even if they do, their immune system seems to be fighting against the illness. the obsesiveness of being clean, is to what sarip suspects, the root cause of all of these “new” infections, where the children are so used to be in a clean environment, thus they cannot adapt fast to a “dirtier” place. were there major cases of hfmd, or kawasaki disease during your childhood period? the only kawasaki sarip remembered were those racing bikes he saw on the roads.
but back to the subject of smoking. sarip finds the new rulings to be ridiculously, stupit. not because of “smokers-are-to-smoke-5-metres-away-from-any-entrences-or-exits”, BUT because of this stupid concensus that cigarettes are still available here. he does not get it. fine, you can show to all the effects on the health for smokers and those who are closed to them. but how is this still feasible enough when you still sell us these things? as far as sarip can remember, the ruling for the sales ban of chewing gums came out fast and swift and within a few days all shops were prohibited of selling the item. if the health authorities are so concerned on the health of its citizens, why don’t they do the same as what was implemented for chewing gums instead of putting out more rules each year? are they more concerned for understanding the plight of smokers that it is a hard habit to beat or the fact that they know that smoking is an addictive habit and smokers will do whatever it means to get their fix, no matter how expensive the items may cost and in lieu of that, “they” can profit more from this very lucrative business?
money talks, don’t they? do the math, it’ll cost probably $0.10 to produce a stick and retail price is probably $0.55 a stick.
and this is the main reason why sarip quitted smoking (so far). not because of the health issues, but more against “them”. he’s going on a strike and he wants others to realise too where their money is going to. let’s hit ’em where it’ll hurts most and we’ll see if the price of the cigarettes will drop drastically or the cigarettes will be totally extinct here if the number of smokers are significantly reduced. remember your supply and demand lessons?
let’s see and wait. and be strong. it is achievable.