An amazing original report by The Daily Show, the popular news commentary and comedy show hosted by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, shines a spotlight on Canada’s continued mining and exporting of asbestos. Reporter Aasif Mandvi visited a small Quebec town called – believe it or not – Asbestos. There, he talked to town officials, asbestos industry leaders and a health expert about asbestos. A local business leader says when the mine is up to full production, they intend to produce 200,000 tons of chrysotile fibers per year. They export this asbestos to India, which does not have any laws against its use and does not monitor its use.
Asbestos, of course, has been shown to cause lung cancer, particularly deadly pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. Asbestos also can affect the lining of the abdomen, causing peritoneal mesothelioma. Although some people diagnosed with mesothelioma are having success with radical or experimental treatments, there is as of yet no known cure for the disease.
Watch The Daily Show segment, titled “Ored to Death.”