The United States has been manufacturing products made with deadly asbestos fibers for centuries. Before it was declared a hazard to human health in the 1970s, asbestos could be found everywhere, including insulation, floor tiles, and even cigarette filters.
In the 1950’s, many American smokers were concerned with the negative health effects that smoking tobacco could have on their bodies. In efforts to keep sales up, tobacco companies began experimenting with cigarette filters. These new filters often contained chemicals and synthetic fibers.
In 1952, Lorillard Tobacco Company began using crocidolite asbestos within their Kent Micronite cigarette filters. In four years, nearly 11.7 billion Kent Micronite cigarettes were sold to the public.
Fortunately, in 1956, Lorillard ceased production of the asbestos filters. The Kent Micronite brand was not received well by consumers and accounted for only 1 percent of Lorillard cigarettes sold.
Today, it is not only the smokers of the original Kent cigarettes that must worry about asbestos-related diseases developing within their bodies. Those that worked at the Lorillard Tobacco Company factories in Jersey City, NJ or Louisville, KY are at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases due to prolonged exposure. Employees who worked for the manufacturer of the asbestos filters, Hollinsworth & Vose Company (also known as H&V Specialties), are also at risk for asbestos-related diseases today.
Advertised as a “healthy” alternative for public consumption, Lorillard’s asbestos cigarette filters have caused more harm than good since 1952. Contact an experienced asbestos attorney today if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease due to an asbestos product. Many individuals and their families have fought in court against the companies responsible for their asbestos-related diseases, and won.