When asbestos is cut, ground-up or disturbed, tiny fibres become airborne where they stay for a long time. People working with, or around, asbestos end up with these tiny fibres embedded deep in their lungs.
What happens next is not pretty - the tiny asbestos fibres lead to:
• pleural diseases and plaques (thickening/hardening of the lining that covers the lungs & chest);
• mesothelioma and other kinds of lung cancer; and
• cancers of the larynx and digestive system, including cancer of the esophagus, stomach and colon.
At first, people are short of breath when they do any kind of physical activity. This condition gets progressive worse until people are short of breath even when they are resting. Eventually they cannot breathe.
That’s why Stephen Harper’s support for the asbestos industry is irresponsible vote pandering.
The leader of the Conservative...