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Help Ban Asbestos in Honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018

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Sep 25, 2018
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Written By: Michelle Whitmer,
September 25, 2018

Mesothelioma survivors, caregivers and families across the nation need your signature to ban asbestos now.

September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. It serves an important purpose: Increase awareness of mesothelioma and get people to take action so future generations don’t have to face this incurable disease.

Raising awareness helps people understand asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma. If we can eliminate asbestos exposure, we can eliminate mesothelioma.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is championing a petition telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban asbestos without loopholes or exemptions.

ADAO plans to hand-deliver the petition to members of congressional leadership on Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

They need your help to reach 150,000 signatures.

“As we embrace Mesothelioma Awareness Day and action to end the asbestos man-made disaster, we encourage everyone to sign the petition urging the EPA to ban asbestos now without loopholes or exemptions,” said ADAO President and CEO Linda Reinstein.

Ban Asbestos Petition Gains Support

ADAO started the petition to ban asbestos in June 2017. At the time, the EPA was in the early stages of a risk evaluation process for asbestos and invited the public to comment. The goal was to get as many signatures as possible and submit the petition to the EPA.

Within a few weeks, the petition garnered more than 10,000 signatures. It was added to the EPA’s official record on asbestos, making it clear that thousands of people wanted asbestos banned.

In June 2018, the EPA announced its Significant New Use Rule for asbestos. The rule would allow for new uses of asbestos under an EPA review.

ADAO fought back and promoted the petition again, gaining tens of thousands of signatures from citizens who were shocked to learn asbestos wasn’t already banned.

By the end of August, the petition had nearly 95,000 signatures.

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Mesothelioma Community Advocates for a Complete Ban

As of Tuesday, more than 117,000 people have signed the petition to ban asbestos.

“Each year, nearly 40,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases, yet the EPA allows for continued imports and use,” Reinstein said. “As a mesothelioma widow, I know, for each life lost, a shattered family is left behind. Join the movement as ADAO delivers more than 100,000 signatures to the EPA and Congress.”

Mesothelioma survivors and their loved ones are advocating for a full ban because even limited exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma later in life.

“I was not aware of [asbestos]. I did not knowingly work or live in it, but I have survived the results of it,” said Emily Ward, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2012. “I am a person, a nurse and a meso survivor. Please ban asbestos.”

Several health organizations, including the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and World Health Organization, have proven there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

“Mesothelioma is such a daunting disease. I know firsthand being an 11-years-and-counting survivor, said Tamron Little, who was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2007. “The most shocking part of this disease is knowing that it can be prevented and lives can be saved by banning asbestos.”

Other Ways to Support Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018

In addition to signing the petition to ban asbestos, you can show your support in other ways.

  • Share the petition with friends and family

  • Participate in the #ENDMeso Twitter Chat from 12-1 p.m. EST

  • Wear blue and share a photo of your support on social media

  • Wear a mesothelioma awareness wristband

  • Tell your local and state representatives you want asbestos banned now

These signs of support mean a lot to families affected by mesothelioma. Your support today might protect future generations from asbestos-related disease.