Why does smoking intensify radon exposures?

  • Polonium-210 is a radioactive element found in cigarettes
  • Super phosphate fertilizer
  • When it gets into the lung, it causes damage the lung similar to radon
  • There is a 25 times greater chance of dying from lung cancer if you are a smoker (World Health Organization)
  • Smoking 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes per day has the equivalent radiation dose as from 300 chest x-rays per year (National Institutes of Health)