Your Hotel’s Hidden Health Threat

Date:28-05-2013 07:50:06 read:1

You enjoyed your stay—but you might not enjoy the consequences. Smoke-free hotel rooms can still expose you to third-hand smoke, finds new research from San Diego State University.

People who stayed in nonsmoking rooms in hotels with partial smoking bans had higher levels of contaminants from tobacco and nicotine in their systems than guests at hotels with complete bans.

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“Airborne smoke compounds move through buildings fairly quickly,” says study author Georg E. Matt, Ph.D. Those compounds find ways through windows and drywall, travel on the clothes and hair of people, and move through ventilation systems, he says.

Although researchers didn’t study the immediate effects of third-hand smoke on the body, previous studies suggest that prolonged exposure may cause DNA damage that could lead to certain types of cancer. Certain risk factors like asthma and other respiratory conditions may also make you more sensitive to third-hand smoke, Matt says.

To avoid the mess, “stay in newer hotels that are 100 percent smoke-free,” says Matt. Find one in your destination city at

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