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What types of jobs increase my risk for emphysema?

Any job that exposes you to harsh airborne chemicals or particulate matter can increase your risk for developing emphysema. Two examples are miners and furnace workers. Both jobs require employees to inhale toxic fumes on a daily basis. Textile workers, plastics manufacturers, welders, construction workers, and utilities workers are also at higher risk for the same reason. Similarly, food preparation or manufacturing workers who are exposed to smoke and chemicals used in food preparation without proper ventilation also have a higher risk for developing emphysema.

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