Why Ban Asbestos Now?

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To eliminate mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases!

Most people don’t know the dangers of asbestos and when they find out, they’re shocked. Check out the facts below.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the American Cancer Society agree asbestos is a carcinogen and that there is no safe level of exposure.
  • Asbestos is still a legal substance to manufacture in the United States, even though it has been banned in more than 50 other countries. And, still legally USED in this country.
  • Not only is asbestos legal in the U.S., but it exists potentially everywhere.
  • It can turn up where you’d least expect it—in the ceilings and floors of buildings that were built before 1980, in duct tape, caulking, textured paints, car brakes and other automotive parts—and even in children’s toys!
  • The inhalation of asbestos fibers, whether from direct contact or indirect exposure, can cause serious illnesses including lung cancer and mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
  • As thousands of people continue to be diagnosed each year with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, every day citizens have no idea that asbestos is still in use, let alone, potentially infecting their neighbors.

For more information about asbestos and its harmful effects, check out the links below:

  • What is asbestos?
  • History of asbestos
  • What products contain asbestos?
  • How are people exposed to asbestos?
  • Asbestos diseases overview

Do you think asbestos should be banned? Click here to learn about Ban Asbestos Now! and how you can help.