Secondhand smoke exposure has an immediate harmful impact on the cardiovascular system of nonsmokers, and smoke-free policies are a very effective way to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. Mayo Clinic researchers have evidence that the incidence of heart attacks decreased dramatically after Olmsted County’s workplaces and restaurants went smoke-free - dropping by 33 percent.
The paper will be published in the November issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
The news release from the journal as well as B-roll and sound bites with Richard Hurt, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and lead author of the study, are available in the downloads above.
Title for broadcast cg: Dr. Richard Hurt, Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center