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Consequences of Third-Hand Smoke and the Benefits of Tobacco Smoke Removal in Rice Lake, WI

July 31st, 2016

The damages that first-hand and second-hand smoke can do to the health of those exposed is widely recognized. The toxins in tobacco smoke are undeniable, but the damages that smoke can inflict on a building are also insidious, costly problems to fix. Direct contact with tobacco smoke can degrade fabrics, stain walls and ceilings, corrode metals, leave plastics brittle, and permeate an environment with stale odors. Remedying accumulative exposure to tobacco smoke is best accomplished with the help of a professional. ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning provides comprehensive tobacco smoke removal in Rice Lake, WI, to rid your home or business of the threat of smoke damage.

While first-hand and second-hand smoke is most often identified as hazardous, third-hand smoke is another, often overlooked, problem inherent with the presence of burning tobacco.

Third-Hand Smoke

When any object is exposed to first-hand and second-hand smoke, there is the possibility that it will collect the denser, contaminating particles from that smoke. This collected residue is called third-hand smoke. In tobacco smoke, these particles are made up of nicotine, tar, carbons, acid, and a mixture of several other carcinogens. When third-hand smoke settles on surfaces, fabric fibers, and other tactile materials, it has the potential to damage those materials and pollute the entire exposed indoor environment of your home or business.


The effects of third-hand smoke on a building are similar to the effects of smoke damage from a house fire. Because smoke and soot are highly acidic, the particles in third-hand smoke can disintegrate fabrics and air filters, etch glass and ceramics, scar finishes, and corrode metals. The additional toxins in tobacco smoke can cause damage as well, acting as a catalyst for corrosion and significantly decreasing indoor air quality.

The negative health effects of third-hand smoke are also severe, and particles left behind can be causative of asthma and other respiratory problems, cardiac and neural damage, lung cancer, and more. Infants and children exposed to third-hand smoke can have lasting effects on the development of their immune systems and neural growth.

Though the dangers of third-hand smoke are as real as those that come with first-hand and second-hand smoke, the harmful particles of all three can be remediated with our professional tobacco smoke removal in Rice Lake, WI. For more information, contact ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning at 715.643.5200 today.


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