Every day nearly 30 Americans die from a preventable asbestos-caused disease, yet asbestos is still prevalent in many homes, schools, workplaces, and in our environment. To continue momentum for the passage of the Safe Chemicals Act, ADAO urges you to participate in Asbestos Awareness Week on April 1-7 to raise awareness and help to shape policy.
Since I shared my family’s story Asbestos Can Take Your Breath Away, Forever in October 2012, an estimated 5,000 people have died. We have all the data, reports, and studies we need. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure, yet we are still importing asbestos.
Good grief, enough is enough. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin stated “all Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to understand the steps they can take to protect their health.” We need to join together to raise the need to prevent toxic exposures and pass Safe Chemicals Act.
Join ADAO this week to maximize our social networks and spread awareness each day this week. Share the “Asbestos: 7 Facts for 7 Days” with your friends, family, and colleagues via Facebook, LinkedIn, and email. For more information, view the schedule for the week below.
Together, change is possible.
Global Asbestos Awareness Week April 1 – 7
Schedule for Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Please note that the links included in the below schedule will not be live until the date listed.
April 1: Linda Reinstein, “7 Facts for 7 Days” and open with Candlelight Vigil to honor the Warriors fighting asbestos disease and remember those we have lost.
April 2: Dr. Richard Lemen, “Asbestos: What Is It?” ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair explains where asbestos is found and who might be in danger of being exposed.
April 3: Dr. Arthur Frank, “Why Is Asbestos Bad for My Health?” ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair shares information about what you should do if you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
April 4: 2013 Statement from the U.S. Surgeon General. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin stated “all Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to understand the steps they can take to protect their health.”
April 5: Renae Desai and Linda Reinstein “Share Your Story: The Power of Community”
April 6: Dr. V. Courtney Broaddus, “Partnering for Prevention,” ADAO works with individuals, organizations, and institutions around the world. Seven countries were represented at our 2013 conference. We are proud to feature Dr. Courtney Broaddus’s slide presentation Asbestos and its Toxic Relationship to the Pleura: Update and Future Concerns, which addresses the impact of asbestos from the US to Canada to Turkey to Australia. V. Courtney Broaddus, MD is currently the Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital and the John F. Murray Distinguished Professor of Medicine.
April 7: Linda Reinstein, “Taking Education to the Digital Streets every Sunday for #BanAsbestosNow Action” and close with Candlelight Vigil to honor the Warriors fighting asbestos disease and remember those we have lost, as we finish Global Asbestos Awareness Week in unity.