Asbestos has been prized since ancient times for its fire-retardant and insulating qualities as has its health risks. The Classical Greeks wrote of asbestos miners suffering from serious coughs and black lungs. The use of asbestos soared during the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars and became a common building component in housing during the Baby Boomer Era. Read more about the Mesothelioma settlements and claims
The health risks and links to mesothelioma were frequently overlooked and it was not until the 1970s that our government adopted strict laws regulating the use of asbestos and launched an information campaign warning the public of the dangers of mesothelioma. Here’s a posting from the National Institutes of Health web site:
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals with long, thin fibers. It was once used widely as insulation. It also occurs in the environment. Asbestos fibers are so small you can’t see them. Disturbing asbestos can cause fibers to float in the air. When this happens, they are easy to inhale. You breathe out most fibers, but some become lodged in the lungs. Over time, they can build up in the lungs, causing scarring and inflammation. This can eventually affect breathing and lead to disease, such as mesothelioma.