February 18, 2019

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Issues Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness Week


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauds the statement today from Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General that “There is no known safe level of asbestos exposure and precautions should be taken to protect your health.” As his statement explained, “Scientists have long understood that asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other lung diseases when the fibers are inhaled…Apparent symptoms and disease may take many years to develop following exposure, and asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to identify.”

ADAO is honored that Dr. Lushniak will be the keynote speaker at our 10th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” April 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Since 2004, ADAO has been working with Congress and the White House to prevent asbestos exposure in efforts to eliminate deadly asbestos-related diseases. The 10th annual Senate Resolution 336, designating April 1 – 7 as National Asbestos Awareness Week includes a chilling list of facts about the dangers of asbestos. “Asbestos is deadly. It does not think; it just kills. This so-called miracle mineral gets into your body and doesn’t show itself for years,” said Michael Bradley, a 29-year-old mesothelioma patient. Bradley is a presenter at the ADAO Conference, on the topic “Asbestos Ruined My Life.” Each day of the 2014 Asbestos Awareness Week educational campaign features the Acting U.S. Surgeon General’s statement, guest blogs from experts and patient stories like Bradley’s, shared through social media networks.

“More than 10,000 Americans die every year from preventable diseases, yet exposure continues,” stated Linda Reinstein, ADAO Co-Founder and President. “The time is now for Congress to begin the steps to reduce and eventually stop asbestos imports and ban asbestos. Fifty-five countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. is not one of them. Millions of tons of asbestos remain in U.S. homes, schools, offices, and factories. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that in 2013, U.S. asbestos consumption was 950 tons in order to meet ‘manufacturing needs.’ There is consensus from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, and International Agency for Research on Cancer that asbestos is a carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.”

To read the Acting Surgeon General’s full statement, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/04/20140402a.html.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the often deadly asbestos-related diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.



Kim Cecchini, 202-391-5205


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Acting U.S. Surgeon General Issues Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness Week

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