Secondhand smoke irreparably damages children’s arteries

Reuters reports a study published in the European Heart Journal indicates childhood secondhand smoke exposure irreversibly damages children’s arteries, increasing heart attack and stroke risks in adulthood.

Researchers found artery walls in those exposed to secondhand smoke as children tended to thicken, adding approximately 3.3 years to blood vessels’ age by adulthood.

The article states that approximately 40% of children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home, with nearly a third of all secondhand smoke-related fatalities occurring in children.

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