A new study has recently shown that secondhand smoke increases the risk of atherosclerosis more than other well-known risk factors.
Overall, the prevalence of atherosclerotic plaque in those exposed to secondhand smoke was 24%. Those exposed to the highest amount of smoke were 90% more likely to have plaque than the general public.
This increased risk was greater than other traditional well-known risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and kidney disease.
Please, please -- if you smoke - STOP!!! But if you cannot, at least do it in private so you do not kill you loved ones.