Press Release: The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Launches “Global Asbestos Awareness Week” April 1-7, 2016 

Posted on April, 1 2016

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Each year, ADAO dedicates April 1-7 to increasing awareness of asbestos and preventing exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn, and take action.  

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. Since the 19th century, asbestos  was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and the automotive industry. Without a ban, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA and nearly 70% of the world today. Since founding the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) in 2004,  we have worked with the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass 12 Asbestos Awareness Week Resolutions and secured four U.S. Surgeon General asbestos warnings in an effort to prevent exposure to eliminate deadly asbestos-caused diseases. Dedicated to awareness and prevention, during Global Asbestos Awareness Week, each day features educational resources from leading organizations, guest blogs, videos, and asbestos victims’ stories.

Building on strength and collaboration, this year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week will focus on:

  1. Banning the mining, manufacturing, and use of asbestos
  2. Preventing asbestos exposure
  3. Increasing compliance and enforcement of existing laws and regulation

The week concludes on April 7th with an online candlelit vigil and the publication of the 2016 Global Ban Asbestos Declaration.  Please sign and share the Global Asbestos Awareness Week Declaration for a Worldwide Asbestos Ban via the Google doc below by April 1, 2016. The list of “Global Asbestos Awareness Week Declaration for a Worldwide Asbestos Ban” signatories will be published on April 7, 2016.  You can click here to sign the Google form and read the entire declaration by clicking here.

It is exciting to see the global community unite and collaborate for Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Thank you for joining us during this week of learning and community! Please follow the week via our website and through social media using #GAAW.

In unity,

Linda Reinstein

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2016 GAAW Schedule

Day ONE – April 1: Global Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1, U.S. Surgeon General Asbestos Awareness Week Statements and the Senate Resolutions

Alan’s Story, “I’ll Do Anything to Fight Mesothelioma to Have More Time with My Family, Anything”


Day TWO – April 2: Women Who Roar: Meet the 2016 Global Asbestos Awareness Week Ambassadors, Heather, Lou, and Mavis

Lou’s Story, “I Will Not Die in Vain”

Mavis’ Story, “I fight on for All for All our Meso Warriors Past, Present, and Future”

Heather’s Story, “The Value of My Life in Dollars and Tears”


Day THREE – April 3: Quincy Jones, Mesothelioma Patient and Comedian, Raises Asbestos Awareness

Quincy Jones, Comedian Dying Of Cancer, and His HBO Special


Day FOUR – April 4:  World Health Organization and Elimination of Asbestos-Related Disease and Video

Paul’s Story, “Dust into Gold: Banning Asbestos Is Good Business”


Day FIVE – April 5:  Find Out Where Asbestos Might Be Lurking in Your Home, Community, or Workplace

Steve McQueen’s Story, “The King of Cool”

Warren Zevon’s Story, “My Hero, the World’s Hero”


Day SIX – April 6: Remember the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living

Tony Medina’s Story (Australia), “The Devastating Consequences of Asbestos

Simon Pickvance (UK): “This Man Knows All About Cancer” Hazards Magazine


Day SEVEN – April 7: Candle Light Vigil and 2016 Global Ban Asbestos Declaration

Michael’s Story, “Asbestos Has Changed My Life”

Mike’s Story “The Opportunity to Grow as a Person


Check out our previous GAAW Content!

2015 || “Asbestos: Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.” April 1-7, 2015 Global Asbestos Awareness Week
The History of Global Asbestos Awareness Week from April 1 – 7. Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week.
2014 || “Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week.”  April 1-7, 2014 Global Asbestos Awareness Week 
2013 || “Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week.” April 1 – 7, 2013 Global Asbestos Awareness Week 
2012 || Preventing Asbestos Exposure: 7 Reasons for 7 Days –April 1 – 7, 2012 Global Asbestos Awareness Week  
2011 | E x p o s e d – The Facts about Asbestos April 1 – 7, 2011 
2010 || National Asbestos Awareness Week April 1 – 7, 2010