Asbestos and Cigarettes Increase Risk of Lung Cancer - FELA Lawyer in Virginia Explains Rick Shapiro, a railroad worker injury/FELA attorney with over 20 years of experience, talks about the lethal synergistic effect of asbestos exposure and cigarette smoke. Studies have shown a dramatic increase in the risk of developing lung cancer for smokers who were exposed to asbestos while working at the railroad. If this wasn't bad enough, the workers themselves were not told about the serious dangers of smoking and being exposed to asbestos. To learn more, watch this video.