It has long been established that smoking cigarettes greatly increases this risk of developing lung cancer. In fact, the vast majority of lung cancers attributed to asbestos exposure have occurred in smokers.
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What’s the problem?
Many studies have shown that the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure is particularly hazardous. Smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a risk of developing lung cancer that is greater than the individual risks from asbestos and smoking added together. There is evidence that quitting smoking will reduce the risk of lung cancer among asbestos-exposed workers.
People who were exposed to asbestos on the job at any time during their life or who suspect they may have been exposed should not smoke. Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos are five times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who have not been exposed. And if those individuals smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco, this risk is intensified:
Smokers who have not been exposed to asbestos are 11 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.
Heavy smokers who have been exposed to asbestos are 16 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers who have not been exposed.
Additionally, the President’s Cancer Panel 2010 report identifies lung cancer, tobacco use and asbestos exposure as significant health threats still facing the U.S population.
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