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2nd Hand Smoking Increases Heart Risk

July 1, 2014

Parental smoking has been shown to have an adverse effect on the health of their children. A new study looks at how second-hand smoke impacts children’s “vascular age”, the “age” of the child’s arteries based upon their health.

The study found that “having both parents smoke was associated with vascular age 3.3 years greater at follow-up than having neither parent smoke.” This means that their arteries were less healthy than the rest of their body.

The authors went on to note that “these results show the pervasive effect of exposure to parental smoking on children’s vascular health up to 25 years later. There must be continued efforts to reduce smoking among adults to protect young people and to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease across the population.”

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