DALLAS –(April 3, 2012) –The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd is proud to join the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to recognize Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2012. Though many people think that asbestos is a thing of the past, the reality is that asbestos remains a current threat to people. The Environmental Information Association (EIA) reports that only 25 percent of countries have banned the use of asbestos worldwide and United States has not banned the use or import of asbestos.

“Asbestos is truly an international public health crisis,” said Baron and Budd. “Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world have suffered from asbestos cancers, such as mesothelioma, but the material continues to be used. Regardless of what the industry may say, all forms of asbestos are hazardous, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, and there is no such thing as the ‘responsible’ use of asbestos. We stand with ADAO in calling for a global asbestos ban.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from workplace exposure to asbestos. In the U.S. alone, approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. And according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. asbestos imports are increasing. While much of this asbestos is being used in construction products, such as roofing materials, a portion of it ends up in consumer products.

Even though the asbestos industry knew that their products could kill, they hid the truth for decades and knowingly exposed countless people to asbestos in the name of profits. Even today, the industry continues to insist that chrysotile asbestos is “safe” to use. Chrysotile asbestos is still mined in many countries, including Canada, China and Brazil.

Baron and Budd is a 2012 platinum sponsor of ADAO and is proud to support the organization’s efforts to ban asbestos and protect future generations from this hazardous material.

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has a more than 30-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers and others who are suffering as a result of exposure to asbestos. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso, Texas. Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for additional information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers and mesothelioma attorneys.