Chemists find 3rd-hand smoke in theater smoke-free for 15 years

As we all know, smokers continue to smell of smoke long after they’ve finished their last cigarette. But it’s not just a smell; this “third-hand smoke” has many of the harmful substances in cigarette smoke, and it lingers on clothes, bodies, and surfaces. Now we’ve confirmed that smokers can bring third-hand smoke into smoke-free environments with them.

A paper in Science Advances this week reports finding third-hand smoke in a cinema that has been smoke-free for 15 years. Every time a new audience filed into the cinema, chemist Roger Sheu and his colleagues detected a sharp spike in tobacco-related pollutants. They estimate that the audiences were exposed to the equivalent of between one and 10 cigarettes’ worth of second-hand smoke…

Regulations preventing indoor smoking have done a great job of limiting exposure to cigarette smoke, write Sheu and his colleagues, but third-hand smoke is a “major exposure pathway” to the hazardous substances found in tobacco. With worldwide smoking rates still above 20 percent and public health expert agreement that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, this represents a “major risk for nonsmokers,”…

Sniff ’em. Ban ’em. Smokers’ senses are so corrupted they don’t notice the assault on those near them, around them, from the crap spiraling out from their clothes, persona. Add to that the chemical assault now verified, I’d say protecting the health of folks smart enough to stop or never start smoking – is a good enough reason.

Trump’s policy on rallies is likely to end up killing off some of his support(ers)

President Donald Trump says he intends to continue holding large campaign rallies regardless of the threat posed by the growing coronavirus outbreak.

We will have tremendous rallies and we’re doing very well and we’ve done a fantastic job with respect to that subject on the virus,” Trump said before dinner Saturday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump’s rallies, which draw thousands of rapturous supporters, were a signature of his 2016 campaign and remain the beating heart of his re-election bid. He held his most recent rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 2, drawing a capacity crowd to the 9,600-seat Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Al long as the dumbass-in-chief keeps on holding rallies his obedient followers will keep on showing up. Driving beaucoup miles to bear witness to their favorite superstar. Intelligence, education, even common sense has nothing to do with it.

The back-asswards election games Americans play are often undemocratic and don’t come any closer to choosing a capable, representative “winner” than the typical TV game show. Sometimes, you get what you deserve.