The joint effect of asbestos exposure and smoking on the risk of lung cancer mortality for asbestos workers (1971-2005)

The Great Britain Asbestos Survey was established in 1971 to monitor the long-term health of asbestos workers. Descriptive statistics and mortality of the cohort have been reported previously (Harding & Wegerdt, 2006; Harding & Frost, 2009). The objectives of the analysis undertaken for this report were:

  • to investigate if asbestos exposure increased lung cancer mortality risk in never smokers;
  • to determine if the risk of lung cancer mortality reduces following smoking cessation for asbestos workers; and
  • to examine the interaction between exposure to asbestos and smoking on lung cancer mortality risk.


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