The recent report of the BIP (Bezafibrate Infarction Prevention) Study Group that cigarette smoking is a powerful independent predictor of sudden cardiac death risk in patients with coronary artery disease1 is extremely important from the public health point of view. Cigarette smokers are addicts (addiction to nicotine in the cigarettes) and therefore usually have a staunch and recalcitrant personality.
Cheng TO. Cigarette Smoking Can Kill You Real Fast. Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(7):807-808. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.7.807-b