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Title: The case for a global ban on asbestos
Author(s): LaDou, Joseph
Castleman, Barry
Frank, Arthur
Gochfeld, Michael
Greenberg, Morris
Huff, James
Joshi, Tushar Kant
Landrigan, Philip J
Lemen, Richard
Myers, Jonny
Soffritti, Morando
Soskolne, Colin L
Takahashi, Ken
Teitelbaum, Daniel
Terracini, Benedetto
Watterson, Andrew
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Keywords: asbestos
asbestos cancer pandemic
asbestos-related diseases
controlled use
product defense
Safety education, Industrial
Industrial safety
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Date Deposited: 10-Jun-2013
Citation: LaDou J, Castleman B, Frank A, Gochfeld M, Greenberg M, Huff J, Joshi TK, Landrigan PJ, Lemen R, Myers J, Soffritti M, Soskolne CL, Takahashi K, Teitelbaum D, Terracini B & Watterson A (2010) The case for a global ban on asbestos (Commentary). Environmental Health Perspectives, 118 (7), pp. 897-901.
Abstract: Background: All forms of asbestos are now banned in 52 countries. Safer products have replaced many materials that once were made with it. Nonetheless, many countries still use, import, and export asbestos and asbestos-containing products, and in those that have banned other forms of asbestos, the so-called "controlled use" of chrysotile asbestos is often exempted from the ban. In fact, chrysotile has accounted for > 95% of all the asbestos used globally. Objective: We examined and evaluated the literature used to support the exemption of chrysotile asbestos from the ban and how its exemption reflects the political and economic influence of the asbestos mining and manufacturing industry. Discussion: All forms of asbestos, including chrysotile, are proven human carcinogens. All forms cause malignant mesothelioma and lung and laryngeal cancers, and may cause ovarian, gastrointestinal, and other cancers. No exposure to asbestos is without risk. Illnesses and deaths from asbestos exposure are entirely preventable. Conclusions: All countries of the world have an obligation to their citizens to join in the international endeavor to ban the mining, manufacture, and use of all forms of asbestos. An international ban is urgently needed. There is no medical or scientific basis to exempt chrysotile from the worldwide ban of asbestos.
DOI Link: 10.1289/ehp.1002285
Rights: Reproduced with permission from Environmental Health Perspectives. Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Environ Health Perspect. 2010 July; 118(7): 897–901. Published online 2010 July 1. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1002285 by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
Notes: Output Type: Commentary

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