November 15, 2018

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 Surgeon General
Regina Benjamin’s statement today that “… there is no level of asbestos
exposure that is known to be completely safe.” ADAO joins her in urging
“all Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to
understand the steps they can take to protect their health.”

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 9th annual Senate
Resolution 66
, 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
, a 28-year-old mesothelioma patient. Each day of Asbestos
Awareness Week features guest blogs, important asbestos facts and
patient stories like Michael’s.

“More than 10,000 Americans die every year from preventable diseases,
yet exposure continues. It is unacceptable to have young
students at a Middleburg Heights, Ohio school
Sandy victims
, or workers
repairing city water mains in Houston, Texas exposed,
” 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 US homes,
schools, offices, and factories. The US

Geological Survey
(USGS) reported that in 2012, US asbestos
consumption was 1,060 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.”

ADAO is excited to present new information each day of the 2013 Asbestos
Awareness Week campaign. Click here to read and share today’s message, “7
Facts for 7 Days
.” ADAO is using social media to distribute the
Surgeon General’s message on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and sharing
a week of asbestos and mesothelioma blogs and facts to save lives. http://ow.ly/i/1pQ4u

“Together, we can prevent the dangers associated with asbestos,” said
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

To read the Surgeon General’s full statement, visit: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/news/2013/04/pr20130401.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.


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Media Contact:

Doug Larkin

Director of Communications



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

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