The start of a new year and the resolutions have begun, as more people are pushing towards quitting smoking in 2016. It seems that there is now further reason than ever before to quit the habit, as additional research, featured in the Express, has found that toxic chemicals from third-hand smoke could be lingering in properties long after a smoker has left.
The latest study conducted shows that simple cleaning was ruled to be ineffective in banishing the chemicals found in smoke which are almost impossible to remove from carpets, curtains and walls. Scientists have suggested that although the levels of chemicals can be quite low in third-hand smoke, it can be dangerous when you have chronic exposure to it. Within this recent study, scientists added that young children who are prone to putting things in their mouth could be most at risk of exposure.
This research re-enforces previous consumer insight, by Emoov, which highlights that smoking can damage your property’s selling potential. The research surveyed 2,000 adults across England and Wales and asked whether smoking in the home with an infant present should be banned, as well as if the lingering smells or obvious stains would put them off buying a property.
68% of the public believe that that smoking in a property with an infant should be legally banned. Along with the latest findings from scientists, this could prove detrimental to smokers trying to sell their homes to families with young children.
As many are aware, cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals, of which a great number are toxic and carcinogenic. However, what isn’t so well known is that third-hand smoke (containing these toxic chemicals) could be absorbed into almost any porous surface and can then leak out over time around unsuspecting families. Even more worryingly, scientists have found that carcinogenic compounds could become more harmful the longer they linger in the environment.Scientists from San Diego State University in the US who have studied third-hand smoke for 20 years explained that they were surprised at how persistent the contamination is in the home, even months after people have stopped smoking in it.
Emoov’s research also showed that 21% of those asked would disregard a property altogether as a result of the seller being a smoker, with 16% stating they would offer less than the asking price, regardless of whether it was a true reflection of the property value.
Perhaps more of a surprise is that those in the lowest age bracket of 16-24 (59%) would be most put off by the smell of smoke when viewing and, those aged 25-34 were most likely to disregard a property full stop if the previous owner was a smoker (23%).
This latest new further confirms our previous research that smoking in the home can be detrimental to both your health and house price.
With house prices in the UK some of the most expensive in the world, savvy buyers are keeping their eye out for any reason to save a penny or two. It doesn’t matter if they are anti-smoking or just trying to keep the cost down, those that choose to allow the lingering aroma of stale smoke in their home leave themselves vulnerable to buyers looking to barter.
However, house prices aside, it is important that home-sellers know the long term impact smoking in the home can have on them.