3. The Risks of Working with Certain Materials

While someone who does not smoke or live with a smoker faces a significantly reduced chance of getting COPD, this does not mean they are completely safe. Those who work with particular kinds of chemicals, or even products such as coal and grain, are also at risk if dust from their job gets into their lungs. Miners and textile workers are two of the groups with the highest risks. If one of these workers happens to be a smoker this risk is significantly greater. As many as one out of five COPD patients are thought to have got this disease through working in polluted workplace.

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