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Institute of Medicine report concludes smoking bans reduce heart attacks (Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects)

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The study, Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects, published in October 2009 by the Institute of Medicine, reviews scientific literature to assess the relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and acute coronary events. The report brief concludes:

“Data consistently demonstrates that secondhand-smoke exposure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks and that smoking bans reduce heart attacks. Given the prevalence of heart attacks, and the resultant deaths, smoking bans can have a substantial impact on public health. The savings, as measured in human lives, is undeniable.”

Click here to read the report brief. Click here to read the executive summary of the report.