Cigarettes and Asbestos-Related Diseases
Cigarette smokers face plenty of warnings each day about the risks associated with smoking. Most smokers are aware of the health risks involved, such as weakened lungs and an increased risk for lung cancer. However, what many smokers do not know is that smoking can actually increase negative health effects from other sources as well. Tobacco smokers who have been exposed to asbestos have a much higher chance of developing certain asbestos-related diseases than do non-smokers.
Asbestos exposure can cause lung cancer all on its own. However, when asbestos exposure is coupled with cigarette use, the risk of developing lung cancer increases significantly. The risk isn’t just doubled, but is instead multiplied because of the synergistic negative effects smoking and asbestos have on the lungs. Studies show that people who have been exposed to asbestos but then quit smoking are less likely to develop cancer than those who continued to smoke.
In fact, a study from the American Cancer Society states that workers who have been exposed to asbestos who quit smoking are able to reduce their risk of lung cancer by up to half within five years. Experts recommend that people who know they have been exposed to asbestos should kick their smoking habits and develop a healthier lifestyle in order to reduce their cancer risk.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a medical condition associated with exposure to asbestos, you need an experienced asbestos attorney to handle your case. The mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher can evaluate your case and determine the best legal action to take in your particular situation. Contact our offices today at 1-800-781-3955 to determine your legal options.