Invisible health villain for children: Thirdhand smoke

From As he sits steadily on the exam room table, his hand almost completely inside his drooling mouth, massaging his swollen teething gums, I imagine the toxins that his imprinted fingertips are distributing into his developing body: arsenic, cyanide, and lead, just to name a few of the hundreds of toxins that are within my little patient’s fingerprints, potentially causing harm that could last a lifetime.

The culprit: cigarettes. Cigarettes that were smoked earlier in the day over morning coffee. Cigarettes that were smoked earlier in the week after a hard day’s work.
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