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You might be breathing chemical residue from tobacco smoke in indoor spaces where no one has smoked for years. This was the surprise finding of a new study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia found that chemicals left on clothing, furniture and other surfaces by tobacco smoke – known as thirdhand smoke — can become airborne and travel through a building's ventilation system.

The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday sent warning letters to 13 manufacturers, distributors and retailers of e-cigarette liquids. In a phone briefing for reporters, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the companies are endangering kids by marketing the products to resemble juice boxes, cookies or candy.

"You look at the lollipop for example. I don't see how my 4- or 5-year-old doesn't just look at that and see a lollipop. It's a lollipop," he said.

Nicotine will now be at the center of the Food and Drug Administration's effort to regulate tobacco, the agency said, announcing that it will aim to lower the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to a level that will help curb addiction.

It would be the first time in the agency's history that it has sought to regulate the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.

AMA Creates New Policies To Curb Smoking Among Young Adults

Nov 18, 2016

The American Medical Association has adopted new policies to prevent tobacco use in young adults.

Chloe Herring / WLRN

 

Jeremy Brock was working an overnight shift stocking shelves at a grocery store when he felt excruciating pain in his chest.

"I haven't felt anything that painful in my life," he says. "It was really hard to breathe. I couldn't breathe."

His lung had just collapsed. 

Brock was taken to the hospital and given medication to ease the pain from the puncture in his lung. He says nurses didn’t tell him the cause of the incident but he thought it was likely due to his heavy smoking.