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Uncovering the Facts About Asbestos Exposure

There was a time when asbestos was seemingly in everything. Among other things, it was used in building materials such as pipe covering, cements, gaskets, pumps, clothing, gloves, and shipbuilding materials. This was due to its durability and high resistance to heat and corrosion as well as the fact it could be so easily processed. Although asbestos was widely used, it causes several diseases and it has been a known carcinogen since the 1940s. What is Asbestos? Before we go any further, we should probably discuss exactly what asbestos is. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring, fibrous minerals that have been...

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United States faces Third Wave of asbestos disease

Twenty-five years ago, a group of scientists, union officials and doctors met to discuss asbestos disease. The 1990 convention recognized that while some of the threat of asbestos exposure had been reduced due to regulations put in place decades ago, a looming danger remained. Initially, asbestos affected those who mined the substance and worked with it in steel mills and power plants. Eventually it moved on to those who worked with asbestos products like insulation and on ships. Those who attended the conference agreed this wasn’t the end of asbestos-related deaths. Instead, they predicted the third wave of released asbestos from...

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The use of asbestos to create picture perfect snow

In 2015, we’re well aware of the dangers associated with asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Decades ago, the mineral was used in cigarettes, insulation and roofing due to its flame-resistant capabilities, but it also had more commercial uses. The light, white and fluffy nature of the fibers made it perfect for creating artificial snow. Prior to the banned uses, asbestos snow could be purchased by the box to sprinkle around the house during the Christmas season. Other decorations, like wreaths and trees, were covered in this dangerous snow to create the appearance of a light dusting. Its use as snow spread...

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Be a quitter this November

Every year, the third Thursday of November is designated by the American Cancer Society as ‘The Great American Smokeout.’ The day is used to encourage smokers to quit, even for a day, and embrace a healthier life for themselves and those around them. Beginning in 1977, the Great American Smokeout became an official event after several years of smaller initiatives around the United States. In 1970, it was as simple as not smoking cigarettes for one day and donating the money to a local high school in Massachusetts. By 1976, the American Cancer Society in California held an event where almost...

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Secondhand asbestos exposure poses threat to workers’ families

In the early 1970s, a series of lawsuits forced companies to admit responsibility for exposing workers to the carcinogen known as asbestos. Used as insulation, tiling, roofing and more, this fiber was found all around steel mills, chemical and power plants, putting hundreds of thousands of workers at risk for asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. While much of the focus falls on those with occupational asbestos exposure, the families of the workers are at risk for developing illnesses through exposure at home. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure and theories suggest any amount of the fiber can cause...

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