Medicine’s Sanjay Rajagopalan examines likelihood of grill smoke increasing the risk of several cardiovascular conditions

Is grill smoke unhealthy? Expert medical advice

Homes and GardensSanjay Rajagopalan, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the School of Medicine, said that while it’s highly likely that grill smoke can increase the risk of several cardiovascular conditions, it has never been proven. “Although cardiovascular effects have been described with exposure to particulate air pollution, there has never been long-term follow-up studies as these are virtually impossible to conduct given the intermittency of exposure,” he said. “It’s hard to directly link grill smoke to cancer, but while unproven, it is likely.”