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MONTREAL -- The families of 10 former Alcan employees who contracted lung cancer while working in the company's aluminum smelters are eligible for thousands of dollars in compensation, a Quebec workplace accident commission ruled yesterday.

The commission found the workers were regularly exposed to dangerous carcinogens, which were ultimately more harmful than their smoking habits. "We are more than satisfied with this decision," said Jacques Gravel, local head of the Canadian Auto Workers Union, which led the compensation fight. "This is not a case that dates from two years ago, we've been fighting this since 1997." All 10 workers have since died of lung cancer. The employees worked at Alcan aluminum smelters in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region.

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