“World No Tobacco Day” 2015: For the Patient You Love
Did you know that 1 in every 10 cigarettes consumed around the world, (in addition to many other tobacco products), is illegal?
This “World No Tobacco Day,” we’re helping to shed light on the World Health Organization’s effort to put a stop to the illegal trade of tobacco products, a trade that has spawned a multitude of related global concerns, from health issues to economics to flat-out corruption.
As one of the most experienced mesothelioma law firms in the country, we know a thing or two about the severe health effects people suffer when they develop mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other serious lung diseases from toxins like nicotine or asbestos.
Asbestos exposure exponentially increases your risk of developing lung cancer when it is combined with smoking tobacco. If you smoke and have been exposed to asbestos at work, you should stop now!
Sadly, the suffering experienced by those with asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma is similar to those who suffer from tobacco-related cancers.
We’ve spoken before about how much more recognition and funding people who have breast cancer or even melanoma get as compared to people who suffer from lung cancer and mesothelioma. This is significant because greater awareness leads to greater funding, and the probability of more effective treatment
World No Tobacco Day is just one of the many important initiatives to decrease our environment’s toxic load and to put an end to unnecessary exposure to dangerous carcinogens.
Take, for example, the similarities between “non-smoker” lung cancer and “non-aware” mesothelioma.
For the past few years, lung cancer in non-smokers has been on the rise. Researchers are speculating that environmental toxins are to blame, while the people suffering from lung cancer are scratching their heads and wondering how this could be.
Unfortunately, it’s the same sad story in our work with mesothelioma patients. People who did everything they could to protect themselves and their families, but were nonetheless diagnosed with this fatal cancer… all because the businesses that made asbestos products chose profits over the safety of people.
Just as we are fighting for a ban on asbestos, we believe in ending the illegal tobacco trade around the world and encourage you to add your voice to today’s advocacy efforts.
It is time to stand up for those suffering from mesothelioma and lung cancer.
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