Welcome to Mesothelioma.net - Turning Hope and Faith into Action.

Report Cites Concerns About Global Asbestos Use

A report published in the Annals of Global Health analyze the history of asbestos use in the United States and around the world, and cites concerns about the continued use globally. The authors, Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD, of the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylania, and T.K. Joshi, MBBS, MS (Surgery) of the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Maulana Azad medical College in New Delhi, India, warns that rather than relying on science, many of the decisions that are being made regarding asbestos use are based on politics, and this may cause extensive harm before scientific evidence is given the weight that it deserves.

According to the report, the international controversies about asbestos began roughly 100 years ago, and continue today; though most industrialized countries around the world have banned the use of the substance outright, others continue to use it and the asbestos companies are driving them to continue to do so. In the United States the use of the material reached its high point in 1972, when over 775,000 tons of the toxin were used in industries ranging from construction and shipbuilding to consumer products. The United States issued an incomplete ban and India continues to use the substance, though countries around the world banned it entirely. Drs. Frank and Joshi write, “Unfortunately, as the developed world was banning or constricting the use of asbestos, the developing world was greatly increasing its use of this toxic material. Major producers such as Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Brazil continue to produce and export asbestos to countries around the world, especially to low-and aniddle-income countries that too often have weak or nonexistent occupational and environmental regulations.”

Exposure to asbestos can cause a number of serious diseases, including malignant ones such as lung cancer and mesothelioma and nonmalignant ones including asbestos warts, asbestosis and asbestotic pleural effusion. The mineral itself can be broken down into two groups, amphibole and serpentine, with the serpentine group, which is made up of chrysotile asbestos accounting for almost all of the asbestos that is used. A great deal of effort by asbestos marketing companies went into trying to prove chrysotile asbestos safe, and the researchers point out that these efforts in the face of scientific evidence is an indication of how economically driven these efforts were. They conclude that the actions of asbestos producers “follow a pattern first established by the tobacco industry in hiring public relations firms to obfuscate the scientific issues so that tobacco could still be sold. Similarly the asbestos industry adopted the view that a public relations campaign was needed to quay the rising concerns about its health hazards.”

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer is an experienced blog writer, editor, and proofreader. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. She specializes in providing content for websites and finds tremendous enjoyment in the things she learns while doing her research. Her specific areas of expertise include health, medical research, and law.

Get Your FREE Resources Sent Overnight

  • New treatment options
  • Veterans benefits & claims
  • $30 Billion asbestos trust fund information

– Or Call –

Site Navigation

Where can I

Get Additional Help?

For over 15 years, we’ve provided the best FREE resources to mesothelioma patients and loved ones. Our resources include information on the leading treatment options and best doctors in your area; lessons learned from survivors; claims and benefits specifically for Veterans; and how to access your share of billions of dollars in trust fund money.

Get Your FREE Resources Sent Overnight

  • New Treatment Options
  • Veteran's Benefits & Claims
  • $30 Billion Asbestos Trust Fund Information

– Or Call –

We are here to help you


If you've been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer, contact us at 1-800-692-8608 to find out if you are eligible to receive compensation. You can also fill out the form above to receive FREE information.

Quick Compensation - $30 Billion Trusts
$30 Billion Asbestos Trusts
Get Started