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Carpets contain harmful chemicals six months after quitting smoking

A recent study at San Diego State University concluded that carpets in homes where smokers have lived can be a health hazard up to six months after all residents have stopped smoking.

Professor George Matt of San Diego State University looked at the carpets of ex-smokers. Over a period of six months, the scientists regularly visited the homes of recent ex-smokers to test the pollution levels in their carpets. Analysts looked for the harmful chemicals cotinine, nicotine and NNK that are found in tobacco fumes.

Although levels of these chemicals dropped immediately after residents quit smoking, during the rest of the six-month trial, the carpets still contained above normal levels of the dangerous chemicals.

Professor Matt said:

“You may have quit smoking and become a non-smoker, but your home still carries the legacy of tobacco smoke. Thirdhand smoke consists of gases and ultra-fine particles that go deep into the carpet, upholstery and fabrics, and they even penetrate deep into walls and furniture.”

Tobacco-related smells remain in the carpet and this could be one reason why smokers find it so difficult to quit as the odour constantly reminds them of smoking.

The study highlights the need to regularly clean carpets. A vacuum cleaner is simply not enough for an ex-smoker’s carpet. If you have recently stopped smoking, get in touch with a company that provides professional carpet cleaning in Liverpool, or wherever you are based, to remove all traces of tobacco from your carpets.

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