The warnings about heart disease went onto cigarette packages decades ago. Smoking can lead to heart disease; it's a clear link.
And the last several summers have offered a few cigarettes' worth of smoke from wildfires to most people living in our region. With predictable results: a spike in heart- and stroke-related visits to hospital emergency rooms.
Researchers at the federal EPA and the University of California-San Francisco pulled in the data for a recent study.
Zachary Wettstein at UCSF and Dr. Ana Rappold and Dr. Wayne Cascio from the EPA join us with details.