Smokers' Spouses Face Higher Stroke Risk

Threat further heightened for former smokers
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2008 8:26 AM CDT
Former smokers married to smokers have a 72% higher risk of stroke, a study says.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Having a spouse who smokes significantly increases a nonsmoker’s risk of stroke—especially if the nonsmoker used to light up, a US study shows. The stroke risk for those whose spouse smokes but who never have themselves is raised 42%, while the risk for those who are former smokers jumps 72%—about equivalent to a smoker’s stroke risk, Reuters reports.

“Quitting smoking helps your own health and also the health of the people living with you,” said the researcher who headed the study.