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Can a minimal exposure to cigarette smoke cause any permanent damage?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes, it can: Exposure to tobacco smoke, even second hand smoke, increases the risk of cardiac events by increasing the stickiness of platelets and making the blood more coagulable. Precipitation of a cardiac event, e.g., myocardial infarction, heart attack, can cause permanent damage.

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