Health Alert: Secondhand Smoke Places Kids at Risk for Heart Disease Later in Life.

Children whose parents smoke have a higher risk of developing heart disease when they reach adulthood than children raised in smoke-free households. In a newly published study in the journal Circulation, researchers found that adults who were exposed to secondhand smoke from one or both parents during childhood were 1.7 times more likely to have carotid artery plaque buildup than those whose parents did not smoke. The authors note that their findings add to growing evidence that childhood exposure to secondhand smoke can have long-lasting effects on heart health. Circulation, March 2015

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