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Chronic Disease Patients

Secondhand Smoke & Heart Disease

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The immediate impact of even short exposures to secondhand smoke appears to be almost as large as that observed in active smokers. Those who already have heart disease are at an especially high risk of suffering adverse effects from breathing secondhand smoke. For this segment of the population, even brief exposure, such as a short time in a smoky room, can have dire consequences:

Get more information about the risks of secondhand smoke. Download the Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet.