Medicine: Capsules, Jul. 17, 1978


Being in a room with people who are smoking can be hazardous to your health. Fact or fancy? Fact, says Cardiologist Wilbert Aronow of the University of California College of Medicine at Irvine. In a study at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital, Aronow tested the effects of passive smoking (breathing smoke-contaminated air) on ten men with severe coronary-artery disease. All of them had angina pectoris, a condition marked by chest pain and triggered by not enough oxygen reaching the heart. Each man sat in an 11-ft. by 12-ft. room with three people who each smoked five cigarettes over...

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