10 Worst Jobs for Your Lungs

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Healthy lungs

by Lisa Zamosky

Nearly 23,000 workers developed job-related lung disease in 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates. More than 16,000 people die from it each year.

But most types of occupational lung disease are preventable, says Philip Harber, MD, professor and chief of the UCLA Occupational and Environmental Medicine Division. "Simple control measures can markedly reduce exposure and the risk," he says.

Here are 10 fields that can be risky for your lung health.

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