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Contributors All authors prepared and wrote this reply letter.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None of the authors has a direct financial interest related to this letter. PB, CLV and FSV have acted as expert witnesses in litigations involving asbestos-related diseases.
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