In the face of increasing evidence about the toxic nature of thirdhand smoke and its impact on human health, the Thirdhand Smoke Research Center exists to bridge the gap between researchers and the public. The Resource Center, comprised of a team of researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines and institutions, disseminates information about the risks of thirdhand smoke exposure as well as prevention methods to communities.
Project funded by: California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program
Principal investigator: Georg Matt, PhD
Because of growing evidence about the toxic nature of thirdhand smoke and its impact on human health, California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program established the Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium. The Consortium brings together researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines and institutions throughout California to advance our understanding of the relationships among thirdhand smoke exposure and human health.
In 2018, the Consortium realized the need to share the evidence about thirdhand smoke with the people of California. The Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center launched in May 2019, with the express purpose of educating the public about thirdhand smoke exposure and health.
The Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center’s mission statement:
To share information, resources, and technical support with California’s residents, communities, businesses, health care professionals, and policymakers about the toxic legacy of tobacco smoke residue and to achieve indoor environments that are 100% free of tobacco smoke toxicants.
The Resource Center provides information and resources for researchers, policymakers, and the general public. For thirdhand smoke researchers and other stakeholders, the Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center compiles a collection of the newest thirdhand smoke research accessible on their website. They also regularly send out research alerts with relevant new publications. The Resource Center also creates informational documents to encourage policymakers to adopt clean air laws in public spaces as well as in homes. The team is constantly working on ways to educate the public about the presence of thirdhand smoke, including authoring press releases (News & Updates) that translate scientific studies into short and understandable pieces, an active social media presence, and hosting and joining events like webinars and conferences.
To learn more about the work of the Resource Center, and take advantage of the resources available, click here to be taken to www.thirdhandsmoke.org.
You can browse the Resource Center’s Tweets here: