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History of Asbestos

People have been aware of the harmful effects of asbestos exposure for a long time. Asbestos products have been manufactured since antiquity, and even then people were aware that breathing asbestos dust caused lung ailments. This of course makes it all the more tragic that the carcinogenic effects of asbestos did not lead to legal action earlier.

Historically the most common uses of asbestos were based on its fire-resistant properties. Asbestos is derived from a few related minerals, and early on it was discovered that these minerals could be processed into fireproof cloth. More recently, asbestos’ fire resistance led to its use in a wide away of products including insulation, shingles, and other construction materials, fire blankets, and brake pads.

It was not until the late 20th century that the carcinogenic effects of asbestos finally led to its banning in most industrialized nations. Although there were large-scale investigations into the health effects of asbestos as early as the 1920s, it was not until the late 1970s that legal action was taken to ban such a dangerous substance.

Since that time, however, a number of legal actions have been taken over the dangerous effects of asbestos exposure. Class-action lawsuits have led to the banning of asbestos-related companies, projects to remove asbestos from contaminated buildings, and restitution for those whose lives have been affected by asbestos exposure.

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