"People can be exposed to toxins in tobacco smoke in a way that's never been recognized before."
That quote by Lara Gundel, indoor environment specialist and staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may change the level of disclosure required when agents list an existing home for sale.
If the findings of the study (click the LBNL link to see the article) are confirmed, homebuyers like me are going to want to know whether the previous occupants of a home were smokers.
Services commonly in use today can minimize or mask the odor of stale smoke left in a home by years of tobacco smoke residue, but it has yet to be determined if the risk uncovered by this study will remain. (Click the link for the entire article.)
"We know that these residual levels of nicotine may build up over time after several smoking cycles, and we know that through the process of aging, thirdhand smoke can become more toxic over time," according to co-author Hugo Destaillats.
It's just one more thing to think about.
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