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Radon, Smoking and Lung Cancer

People who are exposed to elevated levels of radon and smoke or are exposed to second-hand smoke, have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than people who are exposed to radon alone. 

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For smokers, and people exposed to second-hand smoke, the risk of lung cancer is increased due to the combined effects of radon and smoking.

For example, if you are a lifelong smoker but are not exposed to high levels of radon, your risk of getting lung cancer is one in ten. If you are also exposed to a high level of radon, your risk becomes one in three.

If you are a smoker

  • Make your home smoke free
  • Visit the Region of Waterloo Quitting Smoking website
  • Contact the Smokers' Helpline (Canadian Cancer Society) or 1-877-513-5333 
  • Contact the Lung Association's Helpline for questions and/or support 1-888-344-LUNG (5864)