Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, welcomed the findings.
Because the IOM is cautious and conservative, the report should be taken seriously, Glantz said. "This should shut up the people who have been whining and saying the evidence isn't there," he said.
"Not only do you get an immediate reduction in risk of heart attacks when you put these smoke-free policies into effect, but the effect grows over time," he said.
Glantz said he expects that the findings will influence policy and get more places to enact smoke-free laws. "If they want to prevent heart attacks, they should," he said.
For more on secondhand smoke, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
SOURCES: Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., professor of medicine, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco; Oct. 15, 2009, teleconference with Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Oct. 15, 2009, Institute of Medicine report, Secondhand-Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence; Oct. 15, 2009, news release, American Heart Association
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