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What increases a person's risk for black lung disease?

People who breathe in coal mine dust or graphite over several years are at risk for black lung disease, which is also known as coal worker's pneumoconiosis. Since the disease is uniquely caused by coal and graphite dust, smoking and other lung ailments are not additional risk factors. However, people who smoke may experience more serious symptoms, including shortness of breath and coughing. The disease risk increases with each year spent inhaling coal dust.

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