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The Crime of Thirdhand Smoke: Link to Type 2 Diabetes

“Thirdhand Smoke” consists of the toxins that linger on surfaces and in dust after tobacco has been smoked in homes and public places. These toxins become increasingly toxic with age and are re-emitted into the air or react with other chemicals to produce new pollutants which are possibly carcinogenic. Animal studies have shown that exposure to THS induces oxidative stress leading to hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. The findings have direct implications for human exposure and health risks with the concentrations found in puplic places and and our immediate environments. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to these toxins due to high exposure to contaminants on household fixtures and carpet and weakened immune systems. Click here to read more.