Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair
WHEREAS, the term “third-hand smoke” refers to residual nicotine and other chemicals left on a variety of indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke; and
WHEREAS, studies have concluded that residual nicotine from tobacco smoke can react with chemicals in indoor surfaces, such as clothing and furniture, to form pollutants and carcinogenic chemical compounds; and
WHEREAS, 69 of the 250 chemicals that are known to be harmful in tobacco smoke are carcinogenic; and
WHEREAS, published research that supports emphasizing that third hand smoke is potentially dangerous to children is an important means to encouraging individuals to refrain from smoking in the home; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports patient education regarding the dangers of “third-hand smoke,” which refers to residual nicotine and other chemicals left on a variety of indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. (policy)
Fiscal Note: No additional funding above current resources estimated. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.