August 25, 2008

Passive Smoking Kills 7 People Per Day in Brazil

Passive smoking kills 7 people per day in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The diseases caused by passive smoking kills seven people per day, or 2,655 people per year in Brazil, according to a study released Friday by the Rio de Janeiro State University and the Cancer Institute.

The study shows that passive smoking could cause serious diseases, such as lung cancer, cerebral hemorrhage, angina pectoris, myocardial infection and coronary thrombosis.

Scientists also found that for every 1,000 deaths caused by cerebral hemorrhage, 29 were indirectly caused by secondhand smoke. For deaths from heart diseases, the proportion is 25 to 1,000, and for lung cancer-triggered deaths, it is 7 to 1,000.

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