In a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there is evidence that secondhand smoke can trigger heart attacks. The report also suggests that those with heart conditions should avoid exposure to tobacco smoke.
Requested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the report stated there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and that people with cardiovascular disease could risk heart attack with less than an hour’s exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.
“If you have heart disease, you really need to stay away from secondhand smoke. It’s an immediate threat to your life,” said researcher Neal Benowitz of the University of California at San Francisco. Benowitz added that everyone, in fact, should avoid secondhand smoke, since many people who have heart disease are not aware of the problem if they have never had a heart attack.
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