Asbestos & Smoking

November 25, 2014

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. Since 1964, warnings about the dangers of smoking have been printed on the cigarette packs. You might think that because you smoked, your diagnosis of lung cancer is due primarily to smoking. But maybe it isn’t.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, and in honor of an issue so important to millions of Americans, we are sharing this important fact: From 1952 to 1956, P. Lorillard, the manufacturers of Kent cigarettes, actually put asbestos fibers in the filters of their cigarettes – and bragged about it!

As the makers of Kent claimed that harmful tars and nicotine were being removed from the tobacco as smoke was drawn through Kent’s patented “Micronite” filter into the smoker’s lungs, in actuality microscopic asbestos fibers were also being sucked into the lungs of those who smoked Kent cigarettes.

A history of smoking cigarettes doesn’t mean you can’t recover damages from the manufacturers whose asbestos products you were exposed to in your workplace or home environment. You can fight back. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma, contact one of our lawyers at Baron & Budd to learn what your rights are, and how your personal circumstances may qualify you to seek restitution for asbestos exposure.