Declaration Calls For Obama, Harper To Stop Asbestos Import, Export, Production

DALLAS (December 9, 2011) –The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd is honored to support the efforts of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to end the importation, exportation and production of asbestos in North America. Working with the Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims (CVAV), ADAO has launched the North America Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos Related Disease, an online petition that urges Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama to ban the use of asbestos.

"Most Americans are stunned to learn that the importation and use of asbestos is NOT banned in the United States and that the USA still annually imports hundreds of tons of asbestos from Canada despite decades of knowledge that it is a deadly human carcinogen,” said Linda Reinstein, co-founder of ADAO. “As a mesothelioma widow and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), I urge President Obama and Prime Minister Harper to support the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Diseases, to end the deadly legacy of asbestos."

To learn more or to sign the North American Declaration petition, visit http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8499. Stand up and let your voice be heard in the fight against asbestos.

Every year, more than 10,000 Americans die from asbestos diseases, such as asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. Only approximately 55 countries have banned the use of asbestos, and the U.S. is not one of them. According to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Geological Survery (USGS), last year the U.S. imported approximately 820 metric tons of asbestos, 90 percent of which came from Canada.

Canada is one of only a handful of developed nations that still mines and exports asbestos, though the use of asbestos has been banned in their country. Approximately 1,000 Canadians die every year from asbestos diseases, including mesothelioma.

As a law firm dedicated to the global asbestos battle, Baron and Budd is proud to be a 2011 Gold Sponsor of ADAO and to support the organization in its outreach and advocacy efforts.

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.