THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events
Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects:
Making Sense of the Evidence
Requested by the Centers for Disease Control, this new report from the Institute of Medicine assesses the relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and effects on the heart. It concludes that data consistently demonstrate that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks and that smoking bans decrease that risk.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on October 15, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.