Heart Beat: Getting away from secondhand smoke

Heart Beat

Getting away from secondhand smoke

Technology can't help you avoid secondhand smoke. The only way you can steer clear of its harmful effects "" and there are many "" is to keep away from smokers.

So says the Surgeon General's report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke." One of its major conclusions is that secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke) has immediately harmful effects on the heart and blood vessels. The others include these:

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