7 Worst Jobs for the Health of Your Lungs ...

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According to figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2008 about 23,000 workers were diagnosed with lung disease that came about as a result of their jobs. Nearly 16,000 people die of lung-related conditions every year. The good news is, in most cases, occupational lung diseases, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD) are preventable. Here are 7 jobs that spell the maximum disaster for the health of your lungs, along with advice on what you can do to keep yourself safe. Let’s take a deep breath and begin.

1. Mining

For obvious reasons, mining is right at the top of this list. Exposure to dust and airborne silica a.k.a quartz can cause silicosis, a condition that scars the lungs. Another disease that is commonly noticed among miners is pneumoconiosis or black lung, which is brought about by prolonged exposure to coal dust. To reduce danger to lungs miners are advised not to smoke heavily and wear dust-filtering masks.

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