Smokers' Spouses Face Higher Stroke Risk

Threat further heightened for former smokers
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2008 8:26 AM CDT
Smokers' Spouses Face Higher Stroke Risk
Former smokers married to smokers have a 72% higher risk of stroke, a study says.   (Shutterstock)

(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. (Read more smoking stories.)

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