chapter  13
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Passive Smoking Causes Heart Disease

ByStanton A. Glantz

While most of the discussion of the health effects of passive smoking on non-

smokers has concentrated on lung cancer (1), heart disease is amuchmore important

endpoint (2-4). Whereas passive smoking-induced lung cancer accounts for about

3000 deaths a year, passive smoking-induced heart disease accounts for up to

62,000 deaths annually (3), with about an equal number of nonfatal events (5-8).

Epidemiological studies of the effects of passive smoking on both fatal and

nonfatal endpoints associated with heart disease reveal about a 30% increase in

risk (9), and the American Heart Association has formally concluded that passive

smoking is an important risk factor for heart disease in both adults (10) and

children (11).