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Asbestos still deadly, still around

David McCumber | December 12, 2014

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WASHINGTON — It’s not your typical wedding photo. [Thank you to my husband for taking it]

When Courtney Davis got married last summer, she posed in her gown with a large placard: “Message2Congress: If you had banned asbestos, maybe my dad would have been here to give me away.”

Davis’ father, Larry W. Davis, of Southington, died in July 2012 of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest that is 100 percent preventable. That’s because is caused by one thing: exposure to asbestos fibers.

¬†Because of the latency period of the disease, it’s not certain how Larry Davis received his fatal exposure. He installed loose-fill insulation in his Southington home. Also, his father and grandfather both worked for a factory in New Haven, and it’s obscenely possible that Larry Davis, a cheerful, congenial salesman who was so fit that he ran both the Boston and New York marathons, died because he hugged his father while his dad was dusty from work.
“The asbestos issue is not a thing of the past. It continues to this day. And has a health impact on our nation,” said Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak.
“There is no toxic (substance) more toxic than asbestos,” says Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “And so many products containing asbestos are still legal — brake linings, construction materials, and many more. Children are particularly vulnerable, and I would hope we can take another run at restrictions, and provide better protection.”
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