Author Affiliations: Internal Medicine and PRIME Residency Program (Dr Kalkhoran) and Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, Division of General Internal Medicine (Dr Ling), Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
Tobacco smoke endangers the health of both active smokers and nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS). The 2006 Surgeon General's report1 found that adult exposure to SHS has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer, and that children exposed to SHS have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome and respiratory problems, such as asthma.
Sara Kalkhoran, Pamela M. Ling. Extending the Health Benefits of Clean Indoor Air PoliciesComment on “Myocardial Infarction and Sudden Cardiac Death in Olmsted County, Minnesota, Before and After Smoke-Free Workplace Laws”. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(21):1642–1643. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.269