• Consumer Health: Secondhand smoke and heart disease

a burning cigarette, with smoke curling upward into the airSecondhand smoke: Avoid dangers in the air
You don't smoke because you understand the dangers, but what about smoke you inhale involuntarily? Secondhand smoke causes or contributes to serious health problems, including heart disease. Secondhand smoke damages blood vessels and interferes with circulation, which increases the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Understand what's in secondhand smoke, and consider ways to protect yourself and those you love.


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