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Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects

Making Sense of the Evidence

Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence
Secondhand Smoke Exposure
and Cardiovascular Effects


This October 2009 report, Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects, reviews available scientific literature to assess the relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and acute coronary events.

Findings in the report indicate that there is about a 25 to 30 percent increase in the risk of coronary heart disease from exposure to secondhand smoke. These findings agree with the 2006 Surgeon General's Report conclusion that there are increased risks of coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality among men and women exposed to secondhand smoke.

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