Britain’s National Asbestos Helpline (NAH) has added its support to a growing number of international groups calling for a worldwide ban on asbestos products as part of the campaign for Action Mesothelioma Day (July 6).
This international event is meant to draw attention to the global scale and consequences of asbestos use. Other organizations that have joined the cause include the United States’ Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the British Lung Foundation (BLF), and a number of other groups across the world. The goal is a worldwide ban on asbestos, as well as the launch of an international online petition which allows victims of asbestos exposure and their families to add their support to the initiative.
General Manager of the NAH Richard Clarke, states, “We must ban the use of this material; the NAH sees daily the affects asbestos disease can have on people’s lives, and for those diagnosed with the rare asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma, the outcome is nearly always fatal. We are looking to reach over 1000 signatures, with photographs, of those who have used our services and who have obviously had their lives changed as a result of coming into contact with asbestos. We will then transfer their support to a book for presentation to Dr. Penny Woods, CEO of the BLF and Linda Reinstein from the ADAO in America, to present the face of the disease to those guilty of profiteering from its production, export and use and adding to the growing weight of campaigning to outlaw the use of this material once and for all.”
Clarke goes on to say, “Action Mesothelioma Day is the ideal vehicle on which we can bring wider attention to the dangers of this material as well as remember those we have lost to asbestos-related diseases and raise valuable funds for those living with an asbestos-related condition. Employees of the NAH will be observing a minute’s silence at 10am on Action Mesothelioma Day in memory of those globally who have lost their lives to the disease.”