Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects

In National News on October 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

The Institute of Medicine report, “Secondhand-Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects:  Making Sense of the Evidence,” was released Thursday.  The report confirms that secondhand smoke could cause heart attacks and that smoke-free laws prevent heart attacks and save lives.

The three major conclusions of the report are:

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke could cause acute coronary events, such as a heart attack
  • Evidence suggests that even brief secondhand smoke exposure might trigger a heart attack
  • Smoke-free air workplace laws prevent and decrease heart attacks

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