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Medical News & Perspectives
June 9, 2004

Secondhand Smoke an Acute Heart Risk?

JAMA. 2004;291(22):2690. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2690

People at risk of heart disease should avoid secondhand smoke because it increases the risk of acute myocardial infarction (MI), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns in a commentary in the April 24 issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ. 2004;328:980-983).

The warning accompanied a study concluding that smoking bans at work and in public places may be associated with reducing morbidity from heart disease (BMJ. 2004;328:977-983).