It’s the Great American Smokeout: Exposed to Asbestos and Still Smoke? Learn the Risks

November 20, 2014  |  Mesothelioma

Happy Great American Smokeout Day, folks. You know what that means? We’re encouraging you to be quitters and QUIT for good this year.

That’s right: We’re encouraging you to give quitting your best shot — no matter how many times you’ve already tried and no matter how many “Reasons why this is not a good time.” Here at Baron and Budd we SUPPORT you QUITTING this year. Because now really is the time.

Now, we know YOU know the serious risks that come with smoking, including:

#1 Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer death.

#2 Tobacco is the largest preventable cause of premature death in the US.

Yet, despite these facts, one in five adults still smoke today. That’s a serious problem and it may be even be a bigger problem then you think because:

People who smoke and were also exposed to asbestos may have a 90% increased risk for developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

To be specific, research shows that people who smoke and are exposed to asbestos are between 50 and 90 times more likely to develop lung cancer, as compared to their smoker counterparts who have no exposure to asbestos.

The fact is: smoking + environmental toxins like asbestos = INCREASED DANGER.

Researchers believe this heightened danger occurs because inhalation of the chemicals in cigarette smoke is especially hard on lungs that are already scared by inhaling asbestos. It appears that, as the lungs attempt to push asbestos fibers out, even more scaring occurs, causing lung disease and potentially lung cancer.

And think you can’t be exposed to asbestos? Think again. The use of asbestos is still not completely banned in the United States and people are often exposed on the job, in the military or even volunteering or studying in school.

To learn more about how asbestos and smoking should never mix, we encourage you to check out our website. And if you or someone you know developed mesothelioma, we encourage you to contact one of our asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers at 855-280-7664 or contact us online. We may be able to help you.

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