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

Mon Apr 1, 2013 11:37am EDT

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ADAO Urges Congress to Stop Asbestos Imports and Ban Asbestos
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
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
Bradley, a 28-year-old mesothelioma patient. Each day of Asbestos Awareness Week
features guest blogs, important asbestos facts and patient stories like

"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, Hurricane 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:

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

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
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