Work together to ban asbestos

As Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26 is getting closer, we wanted to shift the focus of our blog series from how the disease affects patients, to how we can get rid of the disease altogether. Of course, any discussion about stopping mesothelioma before it even starts must begin with a conversation about what it will take to ban the use of asbestos, the only known cause of this deadly and terrible disease.

Passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act earlier this year brings us closer to a potential ban, but we are not there yet, and there is still plenty of work to be done to get lawmakers, regulators, and other government officials on board with banning this toxic substance.

As with our previous questions in the series, we reached out to a number of mesothelioma advocates to get their perspectives on the questions:

What are you doing to help get asbestos banned? What can others do to help ban asbestos?

Paolo Monico

Indie film director whose father died from mesothelioma

As a director of commercials, I am working on a PSA with a couple of friends from important advertising agencies. As a filmmaker, I am writing a feature script based on “The Mother”, an award-winning short film that I wrote and directed last year. Both projects aim at reaching the widest possible audience and start the process of banning asbestos once and for all.

I really think that anything goes: draw a comic book or a cartoon, create a facebook group, shoot a documentary or a short film, write a book, an article in a newspaper or a magazine, create a blog, take your story and the hundreds of thousands stories of asbestos victims out there in the world. Let people know that asbestos is NOT a thing of the past.

Linda Reinstein

President & CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has been a stakeholder in education, advocacy, and community support for nearly 13 years. Time has proven that collective activism is critically important to raising awareness and shaping policy.

The ADAO interactive storytelling platform has become an international resource for lawmakers and the media, as well as patients and their families. Undoubtedly, our shared stories are the strongest advocacy tool we can use to end the man-made asbestos disaster.