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A joint policy committee with representatives from 13 epidemiology societies has finalized a statement concluding that exposure to all forms of asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other diseases. It is estimated that over 100,000 unnecessary and painful deaths occur each year due to asbestos. According to Stan Weiss, chairman of the Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology, “continued use of asbestos will lead to a public health disaster of asbestos-related illness and premature death for decades to come, repeating the epidemic we are witnessing today in industrialized countries that used asbestos in the past.” The paper notes that industrialized countries have virtually ceased using asbestos and over 50 countries have passed laws banning its use.
The Statement recognises the work of the Building and Woodworkers International:
"The Building and Wood Workers? International, representing approximately 12 million members in 130 countries, has dedicated particular effort to achieving a worldwide ban on chrysotile asbestos. They persist in theirefforts because so many construction and maintenance workers around the world have died from asbestos-related diseases."
Position Statement on Asbestos from the Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology: