According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, the United States Senate declared the week commencing 1 st of April the start of Asbestos Awareness Week. This comes after the Senate passed a bill that states “that the Senate urges the Surgeon General, as a public health issue, to warn and educate people that asbestos exposure may be hazardous to their health.”

Doug Larkin, Communications Director and Co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, stated: “As we start National Asbestos Awareness Week, it is extremely disappointing that the United States Surgeon General continue to ignore the United States Senate’s request for a common sense approach to education and prevention as it pertains to asbestos related diseases. It’s not complicated, education and prevention saves lives.”

The week has kicked off with an event in Michigan , where speakers, volunteers, and officials from countries around the world attended. Linda Reinstein, Executive Director and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, said: “Doctors and scientists agree that asbestos is a carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. The ADAO continues to connect with families from all over the world and all walks of life to grieve together, work together and to ultimately make a difference and ban asbestos in the United States .”

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