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Exposure to Toxins

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Pulmonary disorders and conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) can be caused by exposure to toxins in the environment. This includes asbestos, chemical fumes, and tobacco smoke. If you inhale a large amount of toxins, you could sustain irreparable lung damage. It is important to be aware of potentially harmful toxins in your environment and how to protect your lungs.

Asbestos & Lung Cancer

Asbestos is a leading cause of lung damage. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in construction and other purposes for decades before its harmful affects were realized. Individuals who worked in industries such as construction and shipbuilding, as well as members of the United States Armed Forces prior to the mid-1980s, may have been exposed to this harmful toxin, along with people who live and work in older buildings where asbestos is present. Asbestos fibers can be inhaled lodge in the lungs, causing scarring and long-term damage.

Common conditions associated with asbestos include:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis

Tobacco Smoke & Pulmonary Disorders

Tobacco smoke is an extremely dangerous carcinogen. Even secondhand smoke can cause serious health effects. 90% of COPD sufferers are current or former smokers. In fact, smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to be killed by COPD. Other conditions caused by smoking include lung cancer. Learn more about smoking cessation.

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