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To The Editor:

On Easter Sunday, I will celebrate my 83rd birthday. Over 67 years of this life, I have been a smoker, at times 60-70 cigarettes a day and at other times 10-15 cigars a day, and yes, I inhaled every puff. I don’t and never will advocate smoking, if you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke and can quit, then do so. It is to your own advantage.

My problem is not smoking. Instead it is the inhaling of asbestos through the years from late 1950’s up to the early 1980’s. My lungs are full of this insidious stuff and unlike tobacco damage, which will partially heal after quitting, the asbestos is there forever and keeps getting worse year by year.

I was diagnosed with asbestosis a few years ago but unknown to me there is a statute of limitations on it, so when I got in touch with the biggest asbestos law firm in NY, I was told, “Tough darts, farmer. It is too late for you to do anything.”

So now I live with it, knowing that it is going to get worse day by day. Why don’t doctors advise their patients that this statute of limitations exists?

Again, if you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you can quit smoking, do so.

Ronald Hanson


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