Whether you’re at work, in class, at home or outside enjoying the summer weather, chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re doing a special something. Everybody does it. I’m doing it right now and even though I can’t see you, I bet you’re doing just the same. What could be such a popular hobby you ask?
Breathing. I told you you’re doing it!
Now, imagine that the very air you were breathing was slowly killing you. Even worse, imagine that such contaminated air was completely avoidable yet still responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths per year. Unfortunately, this hypothetical is all too real for many countries still using the deadly mineral known as asbestos.
As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/en/, asbestos is one of the most important occupational carcinogens and responsible for half of the deaths from occupational cancer. WHO estimates that 900,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures. Primarily used for cement building materials, asbestos contributes to a deadly working environment for all those in its paths and between its walls. Simply put, the most efficient way of eradicating asbestos-related diseases is to stop the use of all forms of asbestos.