She has since become known as a film actress, starring in the family film Scooby-Doo (2002) as Daphne Blake, and the American remake of Japanese horror film The Grudge (2004) and its sequel The Grudge 2 (2006). Earlier establishing roles include the teen drama Cruel Intentions (1999); the slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997); another slasher film, Scream 2 (1997); and the independent film Harvard Man (2001). Most recently she played an ex-porn star in Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales (2007) and was part of an ensemble cast in The Air I Breathe (2008).
There is new evidence that demonstrates the benefits of quitting smoking even after already suffering from a heart attack. Even if a heart attack victim does not kick the habit totally they can still benefit from cutting back on smoking.
Based on a new Israeli study recently reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, smokers who kicked their smoking habit after suffering from a heart attack decreased their risk of death by 37 percent. The study involved 1,521 adults 65 years old and older that had been treated for a first time heart attack from 1992 to 1993 at any of eight Israeli hospitals. The study lasted for thirteen years and 427 patients died during the study.
Patients involved in the study consisted of 27 percent that had never smoked at the time of the study, 20 percent that had smoked previously, and over half were smokers when beginning the study. Many heart attack victims involved in the study attempted to kick their smoking habits but only 35 percent were able to remain smoke free for ten to thirteen years following their heart attack. Those who had quit smoking prior to their heart attack reduced their risk of dying during the study by half; the risk of death for the 381 patients who continued to smoke during the study declined by 11 percent if they cut back on their daily consumption by five cigarettes.