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Products Containing Asbestos

Although the dangers of asbestos first became publicly known in the 1970s, many products continue to include asbestos. The use of asbestos in most products is no longer allowed, but some are still in circulation and sold in places like secondhand stores or garage sales. Asbestos is cheap, readily available and fire retardant. These qualities made it a popular ingredient in everything from building materials to hair dryers. It is now known that asbestos exposure can lead to a number of severe and deadly illnesses. It is a direct cause of several lung cancers and has been linked to a number of other cancers including breast and ovarian cancer.

Recognizing the Dangers of Asbestos

Now that the deadly nature of asbestos is well known, it is important that consumers ensure that all the products they use are completely asbestos-free. Asbestos containing products are particularly dangerous when they are frequently handled, repaired or damaged. Asbestos is common in older small appliances. If you own old appliances or are a collector of old appliances as antiques, you should be aware of their potential asbestos risks. Common small appliances that used to contain asbestos include:

  • Coffee pots
  • Toasters
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Crock pots
  • Irons
  • Hair dryers

Other products that may contain asbestos are old household appliances such as portable heaters, decorative fireplace logs and crayons. Asbestos is still legally allowed to be used in products such as talc powder and some garden products.

If you have any further questions regarding asbestos containing products, fill out the asbestos/mesothelioma question form on the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center web site.

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