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Correspondence: phil.landrigan@mssm.edu

Lemen and Landrigan jointly conceived, designed and wrote this paper.

Lemen testifies on behalf of asbestos-related disease patients.

Landrigan has testified on behalf of asbestos-related disease patients.

Landrigan’s late father-in-law suffered from asbestosis caused by his work in the Quincy, Massachusetts Naval Shipyard.


Research Funding:

We would like to acknowledge the Heads of the Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA), Australia, for funding the open access publication of this special issue.


  • asbestos
  • regualtion
  • mesothelioma

Toward an Asbestos Ban in the United States


Journal Title:

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health


Volume 14, Number 11


, Pages 1302-1302

Type of Work:

Article | Final Publisher PDF


Many developed countries have banned the use of asbestos, but not the United States. There have, however, been multiple efforts in the US to establish strict exposure standards, to limit asbestos use, and to seek compensation through the courts for asbestos-injured workers’. In consequence of these efforts, asbestos use has declined dramatically, despite the absence of a legally mandated ban. This manuscript presents a historical review of these efforts.

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This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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