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Health Policy. 2019 May;123(5):516-519. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.02.001. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

Asbestos neglect: Why asbestos exposure deserves greater policy attention.

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Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Littlegate House, St Ebbes Street, Oxford, OX1 1PT, United Kingdom. Electronic address:
Interface Demography, Sociology Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050, Brussels, Belgium. Electronic address:


While many public health threats are now widely appreciated by the public, the risks from asbestos exposure remain poorly understood, even in high-risk groups. This article makes the case that asbestos exposure is an important, ongoing global health threat, and argues for greater policy efforts to raise awareness of this threat. It also proposes the extension of asbestos bans to developing countries and increased public subsidies for asbestos testing and abatement.


Asbestos; Environmental health; Global health; Home renovations; Lung cancer; Malignant mesothelioma; Occupational health

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