Global Asbestos Awareness Week – April 1 – 7, 2016
One word. One Week. One World. That’s the theme for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Association’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week, which begins April 1 and lasts through April 7, 2016. Linda Reinstein, president and CEO of the ADAO, founded the organization with Doug Larkin in 2004 after both their spouses were diagnosed with the dreaded asbestos cancer mesothelioma.
ADAO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma across the planet and to prevent consumer, environmental and occupational exposure to asbestos by working with public health organizations to educate the public about the persistent presence and dangers of asbestos in our lives, to advocate for a total ban of the use and manufacture of asbestos products everywhere in the world, and to create a compassionate community where patients of asbestos diseases and their families can find information, support and resources no matter where they live.
You may think there isn’t much more to be done about asbestos exposure in modern times. After all, its heyday peaked almost forty years ago, and most products which commonly contained asbestos back in the 1960s and 1970s rarely do anymore. But the danger and tragic consequences of asbestos exposure persist. While 55 countries across the globe, including all the nations that make up the European Union, have banned the use of asbestos in their products, remarkably, the United States has not. The mesothelioma lawyers at Baron & Budd have continued to press for the elimination of all asbestos products in the U.S.
The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people continue to die annually from occupational exposure to asbestos. Want to be a part of the movement to ban asbestos? You can help by getting involved. Make 2016 the year you personally take action to be a voice for those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma.