BUFFALO, N.Y. – In today’s age of “fake news,” it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Recent headlines have highlighted safety concerns with popular back-to-school supplies. One study claims it found dangerous asbestos fibers in crayons, and many parents are now asking, Do Crayons Have Asbestos In Them? The answer may not be so straight-forward as parents would like.
It’s well known that asbestos fibers are the only cause of the rare and deadly cancer called mesothelioma. Asbestos can also cause other diseases, such as lung cancer and asbestosis, which can severely impact an individual’s health.
More than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year, and that number continues to grow. But should you be concerned about traces of asbestos in school supplies? Our Mesothelioma lawyers are here to help you determine what is fact, and what is myth.
Is Asbestos Illegal?
Contrary to popular belief, asbestos is NOT illegal. It is, however, highly regulated. Once widely used in manufacturing and common household goods, it has been mostly phased-out of production since the 1970s. Products containing asbestos must limit its concentration to less than one-percent.
Although it’s a legal material, government agencies have not made it easy for companies to get a hold of. Asbestos mining has been completely restricted in the United States since 2002; therefore, any companies that seek asbestos for manufacturing must import it. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), roughly 300 metric tons of raw asbestos had been imported in 2017.
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued what it calls a “significant new use rule,” or SNUR. According to the EPA, the rule will “require manufacturers and importers to receive EPA approval before starting or resuming manufacturing, and importing or processing of asbestos.” Although the rule sounds like it would restrict asbestos usage in the United States, it only includes 15 specific uses. These uses include products like vehicle brakes, vinyl floor tiles, cement piping, and clothing. Other products, such as crayons, may not require federal approval.
Do Crayons Have Asbestos In Them?
When you’re back-to-school shopping, every parent wants to get the best for their kids – and their wallet. Unfortunately, some school supplies may contain controversial chemicals or materials, such as asbestos. These school supplies are most often manufactured overseas and imported. And yes, traces of asbestos have been identified in certain types of crayons, according to some consumer advocacy groups.
According to researchers, online shopping is partly to blame. With so many products available on the web, many of which are imported, it can be extremely difficult to properly test and enforce bans on these products. In addition, materials like asbestos are not outright banned in the United States. Since most products are allowed to contain asbestos, up to one-percent, it becomes a logistical nightmare to prevent asbestos-laced school supplies from reaching the classroom.
Such trace amounts are not typically dangerous for most people. However, the mesothelioma attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say asbestos can still be dangerous in accumulation. All it takes is one fiber to cause a deadly disease, such as mesothelioma. It becomes a numbers game. The more often an individual is potentially exposed to asbestos fibers, the more likely they are to develop a dangerous or deadly illness, such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.
It is extremely unlikely to contract an asbestos-related disease from crayons. Researchers say the most likely mode of exposure is if a child eats a crayon, and even in this scenario, it is not nearly as dangerous as inhaling asbestos fibers. However, mesothelioma lawyers say the risk, albeit small, is there. Parents are urged to always check school supplies for nontoxic labels that can help them determine whether the product may or may not contain dangerous chemicals or asbestos.
If you have any questions about asbestos, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related diseases, a mesothlioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes would be happy to provide you with a FREE consultation.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – We know about the dangers of cigarettes. They can lead to lung cancer, throat cancer, and many other diseases. Tobacco companies are now required to warn consumers about the deadly impacts; but they’re still legal.
Asbestos is still legal too.
Like cigarettes, it’s often linked to deadly cancers like mesothelioma – but those who acquire the illness often get sick without warning, and years after they were exposed. Asbestos is so deadly the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for a global ban on asbestos.
Rochester mesothelioma attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say thousands of people die from asbestos-related illnesses each year and thousands more are diagnosed with cancers, as a result of asbestos exposure.
“A person can develop these deadly diseases after a single exposure to asbestos fibers,” Rochester mesothelioma attorney Ross Cellino said. “What makes asbestos even more dangerous is that most people don’t know they were exposed to the fibers for 10, 20 or 30 years when they suddenly discover they have mesothelioma.”
Since the 1970’s, asbestos use in America has greatly declined but it is still used in dozens of products. In many cases, manufacturers are not required to warn consumers that their products contain asbestos.
Members of WHO say the costs of treating asbestos-related diseases are now four-times higher than the cost of manufacturing it. Despite its deadly properties, asbestos is banned only in a handful of nations.
“Australia for example, used to import 1.5 million tons of asbestos in the 1980’s,” Cellino said. “The nation was one of the world’s top asbestos users – and now, they have one of the highest mesothelioma death-rates in the world.”
Australia banned asbestos in 2003. Many nations however, including the United States, continue to manufacture asbestos fibers.
Rochester, New York has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the United States. According to federal statistics, more than 40 people die from asbestos-related disease each year in Monroe County alone.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, you may be entitled to compensation. Nationally recognized for its efforts in personal injury, Cellino & Barnes has Rochester mesothelioma lawyers who have experience fighting against asbestos the manufacturers that plagued New York.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – There’s a rich history in Western New York dating back to the days of the Erie Canal, which gave cities like Rochester, Lockport, North Tonawanda, and Buffalo an opportunity to grow. It also gave some manufacturers a population to prey upon.
Western New York boomed with trade and industry in the early to mid-20th century. Some sellers saw an opportunity to market a mineral that could, almost magically, resist heat and be used in almost anything. For some industries, the deal was too good to pass up. The area’s booming auto, steel and manufacturing companies began buying this mineral at a rapid pace.
It could be used in cement – to construct the city’s first skyscrapers.
It could be used on ships – to boost trade throughout the Great Lakes.
It could insulate pipes – to keep water flowing during cold winters.
It could even be woven into fabrics – to keep children warm and safe from fires.
And consumers bought it. They bought it without question. They bought it until they discovered its dirty secret: asbestos is a killer.
Even the Romans – who mined the mineral more than a millennium ago – knew it was bad news. They noted that those who worked with asbestos would become ill and develop breathing problems. Many workers died from their illness.
Nonetheless, salesmen saw an opportunity to get rich off Western New York.
“The asbestos industry knew its products were deadly but it kept that secret for years and that secret has impacted an entire generation in Buffalo,” mesothelioma attorney Steve Barnes said.
Today, more than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma. The Buffalo mesothelioma attorneys at Cellino and Barnes say many of those diagnosed live in Western New York.
“Nearly every major industry in Buffalo was heavily using asbestos during the mid-20th century,” Barnes said. “Some workers didn’t think much of it at the time because it can take 20 to 40 years to develop the symptoms of mesothelioma.”
Niagara County now has one of the highest rates of the disease in the nation and more than 2,500 Western New Yorkers have died in the last 10 years – a direct result of asbestos exposure. Those who were killed built offices and hospitals; they made plastics, auto parts, amusement rides, musical instruments; and they forged steel.
They didn’t get rich but they made a living. More importantly, these Western New Yorkers were proud of the work they did.
Sadly, their employers kept their secret and made billions.
In the 1970’s, federal investigators finally uncovered what the asbestos industry was hiding for years – but for many, it was too late.
“More people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year,” Barnes said. “We continue to see hard-working families suddenly become ill and it’s heartbreaking to think that their disease was spurred-on by commercial greed.”
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, the Buffalo mesothelioma attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can get your family the best results possible. Some families have received large settlements and others may be entitled to federal trust funds. These legal actions must be completed quickly – as there is a limited amount of time to file a claim. Contact Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – We are facing a global epidemic that kills as many as 43,000 people each year but it goes largely unaddressed. What’s worse is that the Buffalo-Niagara region is heavily impacted by this disease: Mesothelioma.
The deadly cancer caused by asbestos fibers impacts more lives in Western New York than in any other part of the state. Nearly 3,000 Western New Yorkers have been killed by asbestos-related diseases since 1999, according to new research.
A Buffalo mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes says the disease is showing no signs of stopping either; and it could impact thousands of others.
“The mesothelioma death rate in the Buffalo-Niagara region dwarfs both the state and national averages,” Buffalo mesothelioma attorney Steve Barnes said. “It can take 20 to 40 years to develop and begin causing symptoms so many people could already have mesothelioma and not even know it.”
Each year, more people are diagnosed with the incurable cancer and a new analysis expects the number of cases to continue to rise – even though many countries have adopted strict asbestos guidelines.
Although it’s difficult to say what’s behind Western New York’s high rate of asbestos-related disease, doctors say the cancer is primarily caused by workplace exposure – and Buffalo mesothelioma attorneys say the region’s industries had a history of working with asbestos.
“Asbestos was commonly used in steel mills and in auto parts,” Barnes said. “Both steel and car assemblies were economic pillars in the region for decades.”
Many companies knew the health risks associated with asbestos and hid this information from the public for decades in order to continue making high profits. As a result, thousands of workers inhaled the dangerous asbestos fibers and years later, developed mesothelioma.
The cancer is particularly prevalent in Niagara County. Estimates suggest mesothelioma will kill 30 people in Niagara County alone each year. In fact, Niagara County has the highest death rate in New York State and when compared to the rest of the country, it is in the top two-percent for asbestos-related diseases.
“It is concerning that so many hard-working Western New Yorkers are being diagnosed with this deadly disease,” Barnes said. “It is our goal to raise awareness of this issue so others can identify mesothelioma in its early stages and seek treatments that can prevent the disease from metastasizing.”
Treatments, however, can be very expensive.
Those who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases could be entitled to significant compensation. The Buffalo mesothelioma attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have fought for the rights of those who have been impacted by asbestos and they have been trusted by Western New Yorkers for over 50 years.
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Research once suggested that random cell mutations developed tumors, leading to cancer. However, this ‘bad luck theory’ may not be true.
New research has found that up to nine in 10 cancers were caused by environmental and external factors like smoking, drinking, sun exposure, air pollution, and asbestos.
A Rochester mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes says these outside influences are surprisingly common – and even those who don’t smoke can get certain types of lung cancer.
“Asbestos – which causes mesothelioma – was widely manufactured, and it’s still being manufactured in some items you can find almost anywhere in Rochester,” mesothelioma attorney Ross Cellino said. “People can be naturally exposed to asbestos where there’s mining or road construction – asbestos can also be found in some household products.”
Although many manufacturers now limit the amount of asbestos in products, the dangerous fiber can be found in chalkboards, electric wiring, insulation, cement, fireproofing materials, and many other household materials.
Lawyers say second-hand exposure is also a common cause of mesothelioma.
“It used to be very common for workers to be exposed to high levels of asbestos,” Cellino said. “The fibers could get tangled in clothing and these workers would come home and hug their kids.”
After someone is exposed to asbestos, it can take between 20 and 50 years to develop mesothelioma.
What may appear to be a random type of lung cancer could have been caused by asbestos fibers decades ago, according to the newest research.
Doctors say the new findings suggest that people – and companies – could slash the risk of getting cancer by making clear and simple changes: quit smoking, avoid sun exposure, reduce air pollution, and eliminate asbestos fibers from workplaces and products.
One of the researchers said that between 70 and 90 percent of all cancers would not occur if society could ‘magic away’ all the external risks.
While many people can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of getting cancer, some companies and workplaces may not. If you believe you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma because of a company’s negligence, contact a Rochester mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.
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