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For thousands of years, asbestos remained in the margins of ancient society, bewildering onlookers with its magical fire-resistant properties while concealing its more harmful ones. But as civilization matured, so did its use of asbestos.
In our previous installments, we learned how ancient and medieval societies used this mysterious, naturally occurring mineral to protect cremated remains, clean fabrics, mystify travelers and besiege castles.
However, asbestos use reached new heights in the 19th century, when ambitious industrialists found ways to make extraordinary profits from mining the mineral and manufacturing asbestos-containing products, like insulation, roofing tiles, brake pads and cement.
This
Continue Reading History of Asbestos, Pt. 3: Asbestos in the Industrial Age

On February 1, 2024, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), launched a new campaign to broadcast the dangers of asbestos and urge lawmakers to ban asbestos in the United States.

Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Despite more than 70 countries banning the material, asbestos is still legal in the U.S., putting innocent lives at risk.
“ADAO and IAFF’s message in Times Square is clear: Asbestos remains a killer, and our firefighters are disproportionately affected,” said Linda Reinstein, ADAO co-founder
Continue Reading ADAO and IAFF Fight for Asbestos Ban During National Cancer Prevention Month

In our last post on the history of asbestos, we explored how ancient civilizations made use of this seemingly unthreatening fibrous mineral.
Centuries ago, before asbestos was found to be the primary cause of mesothelioma, asbestos mining could be traced back thousands of years to before the construction of the Great Pyramids.
For most of that ancient history, though, asbestos was used for one of two purposes:

  • To keep ashes from mixing with the funeral pyre during cremations, when the body would be wrapped in a flame-resistant asbestos cloth
  • To impress visitors from foreign lands with fire-resistant party


Continue Reading History of Asbestos, Pt. 2: Asbestos in the Middle Ages

Asbestos is a known health hazard and is highly regulated by both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Damaged or worn-down asbestos-containing products may release fibers that can be inhaled or swallowed. Once asbestos particles enter the lungs or digestive system tissues, they can remain there forever.
Over time, asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, as well as other deadly diseases.
“Although the use of asbestos and asbestos products has dramatically decreased in recent years, they are still found in many residential and commercial
Continue Reading Top 10 Occupations at Risk of Asbestos Exposure in 2024

It’s hard to believe asbestos was only recognized to be toxic a little over a century ago. This naturally occurring mineral was already being mined when the Great Pyramids were built, and for thousands of years, humanity handled it without the slightest of precautions.
Today, we know asbestos is highly dangerous and the primary cause of mesothelioma, one of the most lethal cancers. That bit of knowledge is a privilege of the scientific and medical understanding in the modern era.
Despite decades of research on how dangerous it is, asbestos remains legal to use in the United States. Millions
Continue Reading History of Asbestos, Pt. 1: Asbestos in the Ancient World

December 7, 1941: “A day that will live in infamy,” remarked President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor was attacked by some 350 Japanese fighter planes, which drove the United States to join the Allied Forces in the fight against the Axis powers in the Second World War.
This year marks the 82nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which took the lives of thousands of American soldiers and civilians stationed at the sprawling military base in Oahu, Hawaii. We honor them by recognizing Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day each year.
Frank Curre, who was only 17 years old
Continue Reading Honoring U.S. Navy Veteran and Mesothelioma Warrior Frank Curre on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Millions of Americans have selflessly served in the U.S. military, prioritizing our nation’s freedom over their personal well-being. For many citizens, their courage holds a significance far beyond a commitment to defend our country.
Celebrated annually on November 11, Veterans Day is a tribute to veterans and a token of thanks for their noble service, including those who suffered trauma, injuries and illnesses due to their time in the military.
Some of these ailments are psychological in nature, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while others may appear decades after service as a result of exposure to toxic substances like asbestos.
Continue Reading Veterans Day 2023: Honoring U.S. Veterans and Their Fight Against Mesothelioma

Asbestos is a known health hazard and is highly regulated by both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Damaged or worn-down asbestos-containing products may release fibers that can be inhaled or swallowed. Once asbestos particles enter the lungs or digestive system tissues, they can remain there forever.
Over time, asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, as well as other deadly diseases.
“Although the use of asbestos and asbestos products has dramatically decreased in recent years, they are still found in many residential and commercial
Continue Reading 10 Top Occupations at Risk of Asbestos Exposure in 2023

On September 26, 2023, communities across the country will join together to recognize Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which is dedicated to bringing attention to this rare asbestos-caused cancer and raising funds for medical treatments.
The event coincides with the annual Miles for Meso 5K Run and 3K Fun Run & Walk, which has been organized and hosted by Simmons Hanly Conroy since 2009. This year’s race takes place both in-person and virtually on September 23 to raise funds for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).
Over the years, our asbestos law firm has pledged more than $21 million dollars for
Continue Reading Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2023: Hope, Help and Health

Despite being banned in more than 70 countries, asbestos remains legal in the United States — but the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now (ARBAN) Act seeks to change this.
ARBAN calls for a sweeping ban on the United States’ import, use and sale of asbestos, a dangerous carcinogen known to cause mesothelioma and other serious illnesses.
In a recent Congressional briefing, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) urged Congress to pass ARBAN and ban all types of asbestos.
The IAFF’s support of the act is crucial as the association represents more than 341,000 fire fighters and first responders nationwide.
Continue Reading International Association of Fire Fighters Urges Congress to Pass Asbestos Ban

On July 6, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new rule requiring manufacturers and importers to provide detailed information on their asbestos usage over the past four years.

The rule is a direct result of work done by advocates at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). After taking legal action, courts ruled in favor of ADAO and agreed the EPA’s failure to gather detailed information on asbestos use was unlawful and dangerous to public health.

Since then, the EPA has taken several steps toward improving asbestos reporting and reform, such as proposing a ban on one asbestos fiber
Continue Reading EPA’s New Asbestos Reporting Rule: One More Step Toward Corporate Accountability

Cancer can be devastating for both patients and their families. Mesothelioma — a cancer caused by asbestos exposure — is no exception, especially for the surviving family and loved ones of those impacted.
When a loved one with mesothelioma passes away, family members go from caregivers asking themselves, “How can I help my loved one with mesothelioma?” to grievers asking themselves what life without their loved one looks like.
Mesothelioma grief can be intense and manifest in many ways, including:

  • Deep sense of loss and identity
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Memory issues
  • Poor appetite
  • Shock and disbelief
  • Social isolation


Continue Reading 5 Ways to Cope with Grief from Mesothelioma

If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might be feeling anxious, scared and overwhelmed with possibilities regarding your health and the cost of medical treatments.
Fortunately, an asbestos attorney can help you take legal action and pursue mesothelioma compensation from the manufacturers of the asbestos products you were exposed to.
This compensation can be used for medical bills and other expenses, and it allows you to hold these companies accountable for the harm they’ve caused.
Your legal team will be responsible for performing extensive research to determine what asbestos-containing products you were exposed to and identifying all of
Continue Reading What to Ask Your Mesothelioma Lawyer in a Consultation

On April 4, 2023, Olin Corporation — one of the few manufacturers still using and importing asbestos in the United States — wrote a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voicing its support for the agency’s proposed ban of chrysotile asbestos in the chlorine manufacturing industry.
In the letter, Olin said the company would support the EPA taking action to ban chrysotile asbestos — the only form of asbestos still imported into the United States — if given two years to replace the substance with an alternative and an additional five years to phase out the use of
Continue Reading Olin Corporation Supports EPA’s Proposed Ban of Chrysotile Asbestos

Linda Reinstein’s story is one of adversity, transformation and hope. Currently, she is the President and CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest advocacy group for asbestos victims. She routinely serves as a congressional witness and speaks around the world about the science underpinning the dangers of asbestos.
But it wasn’t always this way — at the time of her husband Alan’s mesothelioma diagnosis in 2003, Linda knew nothing about mesothelioma. As she educated herself and began to educate others, she grew to understand that awareness, when coupled with action, can lead to change.
Linda and
Continue Reading Linda Reinstein and Her Hopes for an Asbestos-Free Future

Every year, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) dedicates the first full week of April to Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). Simmons Hanly Conroy will join the efforts April 1-7 and invites everyone to join us in the fight to ban asbestos.
For nearly two decades, ADAO has dedicated itself to generating much-needed awareness of the dangers of asbestos, preventing exposure to the carcinogen and leading the campaign to ban all use and imports of asbestos in the United States.
Asbestos was used heavily in a wide range of industries because of the mineral’s unique temperature resistance, durability, and affordability.
Continue Reading April 1-7 Marks the 19th Annual Global Asbestos Awareness Week — Here’s What to Know