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San Diego State University to study thirdhand smoke in homes (San Diego State University)

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Researchers at San Diego State University (SDSU) are studying thirdhand smoke residue in home environments, to determine toxicity levels. SDSU psychologist George Matt PhD, environmental health scientist Penelope Quintana and environmental chemist Eunha Hoh are looking into rental housing units, newly purchased homes, rental cars, hotel rooms and casinos.

SDSU received a three-year HUD grant to recruit study participants in 200 low-income homes and offer a variety of clean-up services from dusting to deep cleaning, then periodically analyze the homes for traces of thirdhand smoke. The goal is to find an effective, affordable method to reduce or eliminate thirdhand smoke risk exposure.

SDSU is part of the Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium which funds research on thirdhand smoke. Learn more at SDSU’s December 29,2015 press release.