Free Mesothelioma Information Packet

Asbestos in Cigarettes

Smoking has been known to be an addictive habit for many years. People smoke for different reasons - trends, peer pressure and overall social acceptance. Many people who smoke begin early in life, when they are not able to assess the repercussions that can result. Sadly enough, some people do realize the lasting effects and continue with the deadly habit. Although researchers and scientists have worked hard to study the lasting effects of tobacco on the body, there have also been materials used in the production of cigarettes that are far worse than nicotine and tar.

It is frightening to know that the inhalation of asbestos at home or work is not the only way of contracting mesothelioma. In the early 1950s, the P. Lorillard Tobacco Company sold over 13 billion cigarettes that contained a type of asbestos called 'crocidolite' within their filters. The original Kent brand contained 10mg of asbestos material in each cigarette. Therefore, original Kent smokers inhaled more than 131 crocidolite fibers in each pack of cigarettes. Lorillard Tobacco also used the 'dry' method of producing its cigarette filters, which combined the crocidolite with other materials to produce the mixture within the filter. Even though this era of asbestos-filled cigarette filters was short lived, the four year gap allowed billions of people to inhale the dangerous fibers.

Other than the filters, asbestos was included in creating the papers used for cigarettes and also for tobacco pipes. In the pipes, the asbestos was hidden so that the fibers could not be seen. Asbestos is a material that does not change any of the properties or flavors of the cigarette or pipe tobacco. The negative side effects are simply an increased chance of lung-related illnesses. Unfortunately, people at that time felt that it was popular to smoke cigarettes that made their throat burn as they inhaled the contaminated smoke. It is important, for the smoker who feels as though he or she has been exposed to asbestos, whether it is through Kent cigarettes or asbestos material in the home or workplace, to see a physician for a proper diagnosis

Last modified: April 07, 2010.