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Sleepy Cilia. Learned during Asbestos Awareness training.

Discussion in 'Wellness: Wrecked & Bonkers' started by upsetter21, May 15, 2013.

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  1. upsetter21

    upsetter21 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Alameda, CA
    Hope I'm in the right place...
    Recently I was required to attend Asbestos Awareness training due to my employment.
    Effects of smoking a cigarette prior to being exposed to airborne asbestos particles was discussed. I was told that Nicotine has a sedative affect on the function of cilia around mucus membranes w/in the human body. So the effect is that, after smoking just a few puffs of a cigarette, the cilia lays down like its sleeping and this defeats its function to capture foreign bodies. Accd. to the instructor this is the effect of nicotine, not of anything else related to smoking so it would be true for e-cigs too.

    The result is that a smoker exposed to airborne asbestos particles would be 10,000 times more likely to develop complications over a non-smoker. Bummer

    I just wanted to put it out there somewhere, so maybe another construction worker on this forum might see this and remember to put on that respirator!
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