Chilling Asbestos Poster Focuses on the World Trade Center
“When life depends on it, you use asbestos” is the ironic tag line on a 1981 poster advertisement touting the use of asbestos in the World Trade Center in New York. Long before terrorism represented a global threat, asbestos posed a serious danger to people who lived and worked in structures that used the toxic substance as a building material. The poster puts a high value on asbestos’ ability to reduce fire danger. It reads, “Asbestos contains fire, cannot burn and holds after metal and glass have melted down, giving vital time for people to escape.”
Mesothelioma Help: However, one of the most dangerous legacies of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, stems from the large amount of asbestos particles that infested the New York City air for several weeks following the disaster. The collapse of the building exposed thousands to a substance that is known to cause aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma, and now there is an emerging health crisis given this link between asbestos and 9/11.
It remains to be seen whether or not the collapse of the twin towers will eventually be known as one of the greatest asbestos-related disasters in history. We still don’t know how badly residents, first responders and clean-up crews were infected by the toxic dust in the air. The effects of asbestos exposure can take more than 50 years to fully appear. Like many substances we now know to be hazardous, asbestos was once heralded as a miracle substance that would revolutionize construction. Looking back through history, advertisements for things like tobacco, lead-based paint, certain medications and asbestos look ridiculous given all that we know today about the health risks associated with these materials.
According to the World Trade Center advertisement, “We couldn’t live the way we do without [asbestos].” Of course, we now know that it is possible to live without asbestos. In fact, it’s the right thing to do. Asbestos is still legal here in the United States, despite the overwhelming evidence that there is no safe level of exposure to it.
Asbestos Attorney: Many substances have been banned because of health risks. Isn’t it time asbestos is added to that list? We shouldn’t see posters like this one anymore. Join us; help us ban asbestos now.