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The evils of third-hand smoke

The war continues.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7813124.stm

Re: The evils of third-hand smoke

Someone call Oxford/Websters, we have a new definition for ridiculous.

Note that they claim a nursing mother can be affected by third hand smoking to the point that she can then affect her baby - fourth hand smoking is real, folks!! No matter that the toxin concentrations must be approaching the homeopathic level at that point...

Re: The evils of third-hand smoke

"His team surveyed more than 1,500 households, asking smokers and non-smokers about their attitudes."

In other words, this was not a piece of medical research. It was an opinion poll, probably conducted by telephone.

I expect our host (John, I hope you are OK: this cold weather may be a particular bind for you) will be delighted by this new breakthrough for Post-Normal Science (Copyright M Hulme, Hadley CRU).

Off topic information...

Readers may wish to note that the 2008 weblog awards are being voted on at the moment. The Best Science Blog looks like a close run thing between Pharyngula (anti Intelligent Design)and What's Up With That (anti Global Warming).

If past years are any guide, the pro Global Warming fraternity will be voting heavily for Pharyngula to try to stop an anti-Global Warming site from winning. You may wish to view or vote for any of your choices at: http://2008.weblogawards.org/polls/