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Babies at risk from nicotine clothing. Even if parents don't smoke in the apartment, but instead go outside, there are nicotine residues on the clothing. A study by the Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology found this out.
(09/25/2010) Parents who smoke and go outside to do so endanger the health of their children. According to a study by the Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology (IHB) at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim near Stuttgart, parents' nicotine-contaminated clothing releases numerous pollutants to babies. For example, if parents hug their child, the pollutants penetrate into the child's organism through the skin. According to the study, the neurotoxin is absorbed by the sweat of the skin and thus reaches the child's circulation. Other studies have found identical results with regard to the skin of adults.
In this context, doctors speak of third-hand smoking, a special form of "passive smoking". This is 70 percent of cigarette smoke that is not transmitted to other people through smoking or passive inhalation of the pollutants. The smoke also settles on clothing, upholstery, walls, curtains and other surfaces.
It is best and healthiest for parents and children that adults stop smoking. Numerous diseases such as cardiovascular complaints and cancer are caused by smoking or passive smoking. If parents are still unable to quit smoking, at least the clothing should be changed after consumption. (sb)
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