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To evaluate respiratory symptoms of workers to marble stone dust, a total of two hundred marble sculptors of Chandpole area in Jaipur were surveyed to detect respiratory symptoms in them. Forty-two individuals with the same environment and socio-economic background but engaged in professions other than sculpturing were taken as control subjects. The controls were non-smokers and non-tobacco chewers. A modified version of the ATS-DLD-78 questionnaire1 translated in Hindi was administrated to the persons and their peak expiratory flow rates were measured. Clinical symptoms in the form of chronic cough, chronic phlegm, dyspnoea and wheezing were found in 45% of the sculptors as compared to 24% of the control group. The abnormalities observed had a direct relationship with occupational exposure to marble dust and to the tobacco chewing and smoking habits of the subjects. A synergistic effect existed between smoking, tobacco chewing and exposure to marble dust.