Just as American veterans and other victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases face incredible costs and hardships as a result of asbestos exposure, so too do Canadian citizens. A recent report indicated that the country faces costs of over $2 billion per year treating asbestos-related illnesses, and that tally is a big part of why the country finally moved to officially ban asbestos within its borders at the end of 2018. This made our neighbor to the north the 66th country in the world to ban the use of asbestos, and leaves all eyes on the United States to see whether it will follow suit.
The move to eliminate asbestos in Canada and other countries is done with the hope that the action will eventually eradicate mesothelioma, the rare and deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The road to truly eliminating asbestos is a long one though. The material is not only still in many products that sit on the shelves of auto suppliers, construction companies and others, but is also in place in thousands of buildings throughout the country. Identifying those structures is just one part of the country’s overall plan to eliminate the material.
In the United States, mesothelioma advocates are working to pursue a similar plan. A new bill has been sponsored in Congress with hopes that it will gain bipartisan support, but the Trump administration continues to signal its opposition to legislation banning asbestos so its future is uncertain. In the meantime, those who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases continue to struggle with their condition, those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma continue to die, and health advocates continue to fight for benefits and justice for those who have been exposed to a material that asbestos companies knew was putting their health and wellbeing in serious danger.
If you are a veteran whose life has been impacted by mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, there are special benefits available to you. For information on how to access them, contact us today at 1-800-726-7245.