You might be wondering, “What exactly is third hand smoke?” We’ve all heard of “second hand smoke,” the exposure of smoke to non-smokers in the vicinity of a smoker. Dana-Farver of the Harvard Cancer Center has coined this new phrase” third-hand smoke,” to describe what remains long after the smoke has cleared. The odor and residue of the smoke can be left behind long after its initial exposure to your clothing, furniture, hair, and nearly everything else.! Believe it or not, simply touching this residue can put you at risk of suffering from many of the same illnesses as smokers themselves.
If this isn’t enough reason for smokers to NOT smoke in their homes, here’s another point to ponder. A recent survey of real estate agents in Ontario, Canada revealed that smoking in the home can lower its value by as much as 29%. That’s an amazing statistic, and something to consider if you or a family member do smoke indoors. This means that an average residence (at least in Ontario) could lose as much as $64,000 off its sale price! Here are some other interesting statistics to think about.
- 44% of agents and brokers agree that smoking definitely lowers its value.
- 88% of brokers state that it is more difficult to sell a home if the previous owners smoked inside of it.
- 27% of brokers have experienced situations where the buyer simply refused to purchase any home that was previously owned by smokers.
A final thought.The amount of time and effort required to remove all of this third hand smoke from a residence is monumental. Steam cleaning all carpets in the home, wiping down all of the walls with hot water and detergents, repainting them up to 3 times, wiping down all flat surfaces that were exposed to the smoke- the list goes on and on. This is to say nothing of clothing, furniture with fabric, windows and mirrors, painting, pictures……. As you can see, smoking can actually damage your home and cause a tremendous amount of dangerous chemicals to saturate into various items. The bottom line? Aside from being dangerous to your health, allowing anyone to smoke within the confines of your home can cost you thousands.