How we helped ban smoking in public places

HRI scientists have actively investigated the links between atherosclerosis and a number of lifestyle factors (particularly obesity, diabetes, hypertension, smoking and inflammatory diseases) to determine how these events contribute to disease development and progression.

Our Clinical Research Group’s human studies into the effects of passive smoking on heart disease were pivotal in the global move to ban smoking in public places.

"We were the first group to discover the link between passive smoking and damage to the blood vessels in the body," says Clinical Research Group Leader David Celermajer

"We and others have estimated that that discovery has probably already saved several hundred thousand lives."

They also attracted worldwide interest by showing that maternal cigarette smoking is associated with reduced quantities of good cholesterol in healthy children.

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