Cinnaminson, NJ, March 11th, 2015
In 2010, information about a multi-institutional study that was led by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was released. The research looked into health dangers associated with third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke refers to the residues left behind on most surfaces and objects after second-hand smoke has cleared.
The study found that nicotine can remain on the surface of carpets, furniture, floors, walls and other materials for up to months after it was deposited. The study also found that nicotine residues could react with ambient nitrous acid and form carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs).
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Nicotine is a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in tobacco plants. It has a fishy odor when warm. Cigarettes, cigars, other tobacco products, and tobacco smoke contain nicotine. Worker exposure may occur during processing and extraction of tobacco. At one time, nicotine was used in the United States as an insecticide and fumigant; however, it is no longer produced or used in this country for this purpose. Nicotine affects the nervous system and the heart.”
For those concerned about the possible presence of nicotine residues in a property, EMSL Analytical, Inc. recently introduced a Nicotine Smoke Contamination Test Kit. “This kit is ideal for people who may be considering buying or renting a property and do not want their families exposed to nicotine residues,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The kit could also be used by property managers and hotel staff who have specific rooms or rental properties that are classified as non-smoking areas. The kit is quick and easy to use and results are available shortly after the sample is sent to EMSL.”
To obtain a Nicotine Smoke Contamination Test Kit or to learn more, please visit: www.EMSLTestKits.com.
To learn more about nicotine testing services or other indoor air quality (IAQ) and environmental, health and safety services, please visit www.EMSL.com, email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to government agencies, industry professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.