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Thursday 29 March 2012

Third-Hand Smoke Even More Dangerous Than Second-Hand Smoke

The tobacco control fanatics in America are lying again.  I stumbled onto this gem of an article via the completely fucking bullshit Tobacco Control Facebook page, which maybe you should avoid if anger is likely to increase your blood pressure.  Naturally, I've bookmarked it for future reference.

So, Maryland's ABC7 reporter anchorwoman Pamela Brown tell us that:

"Experts say second hand smoke is six to 12 times more toxic than smoke directly inhaled by a smoker."

Really?  Only six to twelve times more toxic?  Wow.  Non-smokers must be dropping like flies, Pamela.  That's OK, though.  I'm glad you fact-checked that stat.  What?  You didn't?

"[...]third hand smoke - the nicotine residue that clings to surfaces and never leaves." (emphasis mine)

Yeah, because who bothers to clean their fucking houses any more?  Is this what passes for journalism these days?   (Answer: Yes, of course it is.)

Wait.  It gets better.  Not satisfied with merely espousing the mantra of the neo-puritanical slags like Deborah Arnott and assholes like Simon Chapman, ABC7 carried out their own experiment.  What was that experiment?  Read for yourself:

"First, we wiped off a non-smokers windshield and it came back clean. Then we tried it on a long-time smoker's car – and the results show what the doctors have stated."

That's it. That's the confirmation that this mythical and poorly-named substance called third-hand smoke kills people.  A dirty windscreen.

The only thing we do know for certain is that the smoking owner of the car that ABC7 checked can't be fucking bothered to use a little Windex once and a while.

We also know that Pamela Brown is pretty sexy. 

Pamela Brown
Don't you dare move that hand down lower, mister! (Source:

Perhaps her editors made her say it.  Yeah, that's it.  They tied her up and ...

Well, who wouldn't?