Even after smokers quit their bad habit, the toxins remain. In smokers’ houses tobacco toxins linger even after months from quitting. Scientists claim that all that smoke which remained imbued in your furniture, couch or drapes can still affect you half a year later. The research conducted by Tobacco Control revealed that small fragments from burning cigarettes infiltrate into different surfaces like blankets, carpets, upholstery, clothes and even ceiling tiles, being present in your house long after quitting.
- Experts have proven that toxins linger even six months after a smoker quits.
- Tobacco compounds infiltrate into your clothes and furniture.
Scientists conducted a study analyzing 65 people who had quit smoking. From time to time, they have evaluated tobacco compounds and levels of nicotine from the household surfaces. They have also sent to the lab some urine samples of those nonsmokers who lived in same house with a smoker. Experts have registered significant reductions in the nicotine levels, but they never seemed to vanish. The levels dropped but remained steady. At the end of this study, scientists could still perceive toxins remain.
After six months, the levels of urinary cotinine were still traceable in the samples taken from nonsmokers. George E. Matt, the lead author of the study and a professor at San Diego State University, claimed that even after the smoke of the cigarettes disappears, its compounds stick around in our homes, doing harm to children and nonsmokers who live there.
The government aspires to a healthy community. Nevertheless, setting a higher price for cigarettes did not discourage people from buying them. Even if the prices went higher, they were still affordable, even to teenagers. The information revealed by UN Office on Drugs and Crime stated that Indonesia sales the cheapest cigarettes, the price of a pack being estimated at US$1.32. In developed countries, the retail price is set extremely high, thus convincing people to quit.
Although the new legislation implied smoking only in delimited and designated places, that did not manage to keep people away from smoking. Smokers were threatened with fines and determined to indulge their bad habit into poorly ventilated areas. This did not seem to bother them either. In the past, the authorities implemented some terrifying pictures on the back of every pack of smokes. Though they were disturbing, they weren’t powerful enough to stop people from alimenting their habit.
What do you think could probably motivate smokers to quit?
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