For Immediate Release: October 26, 2011

Renowned Asbestos Awareness Expert ADAO Continues Educational Outreach

Scheduled Presentations at APHA and WHSC Reaffirm Thought Leadership


Redondo Beach, CA … October 26, 2011 — The Asbestos Disease Awareness

Organization (ADAO,) which combines education, advocacy, and community to provide a unified voice for asbestos victims, today announced that ADAO Co-Founder and President, Linda Reinstein, has been chosen to present at two premier upcoming events focused on public health and advocacy.  Ms. Reinstein regularly speaks at such events to help educate the public about the need for an asbestos ban and promote recognition of medical resources, while building a broad-based community of support and comfort.

The two events include the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition October 29 – November 2 and the Canadian Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC)’s annual gala on November 4.  Ms. Reinstein will present the latest findings on educational asbestos awareness and ban efforts across the globe, while highlighting the power of social media as a force behind unification and worldwide connections that showcase the power of knowledge.

The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The annual exposition will bring together thousands of national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists to address current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues with the goal of preventing diseases and promoting health. This year, APHA will focus on how social media technology has dramatically improved avenues for the distribution of information to the masses, and how these tools are critical to share with the world’s most influential players in public health.

For more than 25 years, the Workers Health & Safety Centre has supported the efforts of workplace representatives in their pursuit of hazard-free workplaces. In conjunction with the WHSC award dinner, ADAO will attend several meetings in Toronto early next month, in efforts to solidify and strengthen bonds with Canadian counterparts.  Starting with collaborations between Canadian organizations years back and most recently highlighted by the powerful events in Sarnia, ADAO recognizes how North American collaboration against the asbestos industry is gaining momentum and growing every day.

ADAO President and Co-Founder, Linda Reinstein commented on the events: “ADAO is thrilled and privileged to be invited to WHSC’s award dinner and recognizes the importance of continued strong relationships in Canada. Likewise, APHA is setting new standards of excellence for public health and justice and we are honored to be a part of their annual conference. Just imagine what we can do when we join forces.  Together, with a united voice, we can make a difference.”

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and exposure can cause asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Studies estimate that during the next decade, 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos related disease – equaling 300 deaths per day. Despite the known dangers, according to a recently released report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), imports of asbestos into this country remain strong. The report states, “the United States imported an estimated 820 metric tons of asbestos through July 2010. Roofing products were estimated to account for about 72% of U.S. asbestos consumption.   The US imports 90% of asbestos from Canada and 10% from Brazil.”  This rate, although in decline due to recognized health and liability issues associated with asbestos, is unacceptable, particularly when numerous substitutes exist.

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About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community. ADAO’s mission includes supporting global advocacy and advancing asbestos awareness, prevention, early detection, treatment, and resources for asbestos-related disease. For more information visit

Media Contact:
Doug Larkin
Director of Communications
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Phone: (202) 391-1546

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