Second Hand Smoke

There is nothing passive about second hand smoke........so says The Journal of the American Medical Association in a study of almost 11,000 smokers.

The researchers found that hardening of the arteries, which can cause heart attacks and strokes, is 20% greater in people exposed to the second hand smoke than to those not exposed.

And....for the smokers themselves the hardening of the arteries was 50% higher than non-smokers.

Furthermore, the more packs smoked, and the more years the person smoked, the worse the hardening of the arteries.

It isn't easy, but if you're still smoking, quit....for your sake and for those around you.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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