Delmarva - A new study points to third-hand smoke as a danger to your health. The study found that the residue left behind from smoking indoors could cause cancer. The leftover smoke reacts with nitrous acid in the air, which can create new compounds that cling to your DNA and damage your genes.
Dr. Vladimir Ioffe of 21st Century Oncology says, the side effects are especially hazardous to infants and pregnant women.
He says prematurity, prenatal fatality, fetal growth and development problems can all be caused from third-hand smoke. "Young kids are crawling around and are touching toys and other surfaces where the smoke settles, and they're frequently putting their hands in their mouth," he says.
Once third hand smoke is there, it's hard to get rid of, but repainting the walls is one solution. Delaware and Maryland have banned smoking indoors, but it is still allowed in some places in Virginia.