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Study: Passive smoking damages kids' arteries

Mar 05, 2014, 5:54 AM EST
A woman smokes a cigarette on January 17, 2014 in Times Square in New York City.
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Passive smoking causes lasting damage to children's arteries, prematurely ageing their blood vessels by more than three years, say researchers. The damage - thickening of blood vessel walls - increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life, they say in the European Heart Journal. In their study of more than 2,000 children aged three to 18, the harm occurred if both parents smoked.
Background:
Smoke at home 'harms kids' arteries' [BBC]
Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids' arteries [Reuters]
Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places [AFP]

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