Advocate for asbestos victims call on G20 members to ban deadly asbestos

29 Nov 2018 by under News, Organizations

Linda Reinstein ADAO 100x100 Advocate for asbestos victims call on G20 members to ban deadly asbestos victims advocate and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Linda Reinstein is calling on world leaders gathering in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G20 forum “to speak about the fact that seven of the G20 nations – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and the U.S. – are still mining, exporting, importing, and/or using asbestos, a known deadly carcinogen.”

The summit is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 nations to gather and discuss issues related to global economic growth, international trade, and the regulation of financial markets.

Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in building materials like insulation, flooring tiles and roof shingles. In the 1980s, its use in the U.S. was restricted due to serious health issues related to asbestos exposure, which include lung cancer and , a rare form of cancer that starts in the lining of internal organs. The asbestos-related diseases can take up to 50 years to manifest. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is generally dire.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. In 2006, the World Health Organization recommended that countries stop using asbestos in all forms in order to deal with the health risks related to exposure to the mineral. And while more than 60 countries around the world have banned the use, import, export and mining of this carcinogen, many others, including the United States, are still using it.

“The irrefutable facts in the USA are that both asbestos imports and asbestos-linked deaths have increased in 2018,” Reinstein said.

“On Nov. 23, more than 50 experts and nonprofits from around the world signed on to the Asbestos Victims Association of Belgium G20 Summit letter, ‘A call to G20 leaders for global action to ban asbestos,’” she said. “Calling for ‘decisive action to ban asbestos worldwide,’ the letter is an unflinching, bold call to action from some of the world’s most esteemed medical professionals, public health experts, legal scholars, and advocates.”

As part of this letter, the ADAO expressed its concerns directly to President Donald Trump, and urged him and the other countries to ban asbestos now.

Source: ADAO

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