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Global Ban Asbestos Network, a Social Media Community, launches Facebook page today
ADAO and ABREA, in conjunction with other worldwide leaders working to end asbestos production and use, will launch GBAN - Global Ban Asbestos Network website next month. GBAN will harness the power of social media to unite asbestos awareness advocates and resources through varied outlets including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. Show your support in advance of the official launch by visiting the
GBAN Facebook page and clicking "like". Help us build momentum for this awesome global community and resource! 
In This Issue
7th Annual ADAO Conference
APHA 138th Annual Meeting and Expo.
2010 ADAO Conference Video
National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Thank You from the Card Center
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Dear ADAO Family,
Much has happened since our last newsletter update in June. ADAO has been at the forefront of important discussions about the need for a global asbestos ban, and communication and collaboration at all levels have continued to generate publicity and action.
On the virtual front, ADAO is increasing its social media presence to fuel awareness in new and innovative ways, utilizing Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. Our upcoming national conference will prove the continued power of face-to-face discussions as some of the world's most renowned experts come together to share the latest issues surrounding asbestos awareness. At the same time, the conference proceedings will be shared via video to make sure everyone is able to take advantage of these new resources. ADAO has and will continue to speak and participate in some of the most important conferences and forums where discussions about asbestos dangers, treatment options and education opportunities continue to abound. For example, ADAO testified at a Mexico City Parliamentary hearing in June. In November, a panel of ADAO experts will help drive home the social injustices associated with asbestos disease, at The APHA 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition. These are just a few examples of how ADAO is continuing to serve as the Voice of the Victims.
Your participation remains critical. That includes many things such as - sharing our Facebook page and tweeting about ADAO developments; advocating to ban asbestos; honoring loved ones via the many tribute options ADAO fosters; and when able, donating to help us expand our important volunteer-driven programs even further.
We will have many other exciting developments to share with you as the end of the year unfolds. Know that YOU are our most important asset and the reason why we forge on. Your story will never be forgotten.
In unity,
Linda Reinstein
Atlanta, Georgia
ADAO is pleased to announce the theme for the 7th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference:  "ASBESTOS:  IMPACT ON PUBLIC HEALTH, the ENVIRONMENT, AND the ECONOMY".  Once again, Karmanos & IBAS have partnered with us to host the event, which will be held from April 1-3, 2011 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Our country of focus this year will be Mexico, an area which is experiencing an epic battle with asbestos exposure.
As a known carcinogen, we are all aware of asbestos' dangerous impact on public health, but less attention has been given to the harmful consequences asbestos has on the environment and the economy. At the 2011 conference, ADAO will bring these interlocking dynamics into focus, as seen through the ongoing prevalence of asbestos in Mexico's economy which has negatively impacted the country's environment and public health. Exposure like this does not stop at border crossings, with harmful consequences that are exported to the U.S. and other international trading partners. Exploring these global interdependencies further will bring new momentum to ADAO's call for an international ban on asbestos.
A new online registration process will be launched in November 2010 corresponding with the beginning of National Lung Cancer Awareness month. We will send an announcement once the Agenda and Keynote Speaker lists are finalized. ADAO is pleased to announce our exciting conference details and look forward to seeing you in April.  
Bonnie and Caitlin,
2011 Asbestos Awareness Conference Co-Chairs


APHA 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition "Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative"


The APHA 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition "Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative" will include a panel entitled "Disease Prevention and Social Justice: The Case of Asbestos" that describes the complexities of global distribution and corporate promotion of asbestos. 
The expert panel of presenters will review current legal and scientific conflicts against the background history of advocacy to limit asbestos use in the session titled: "Disease Prevention and Social Justice: The Case of Asbestos" on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.   Dr. Arthur Frank, Dr. Richard Lemen, Dr. Barry Castleman, and Linda Reinstein, with moderator Dr. Sharry Erzinger, will describe how complex latency of medical effects and dissolution of workers' rights result in the isolation of families as they face the premature death and disability of loved ones on a global scale. Mined and exported asbestos continues to promote global disease by contributing to foreshortened lives and morbidity to low income countries.  From a social justice perspective, asbestos-promoting industries take full advantage of limitations in education, health service access and characteristics of asbestos disease in disregard for the quality and length of workers' lives. Global advocacy remains active and encouraging in confronting the impact of asbestos-related disease on workers and their families. Lessons from close examination and discussion of this issue contribute to recognition of the linkage between social justice and public health.  

Documentation of this presentation will be made available following the conference. 
The APHA Governing Council supports a ban of asbestos as adopted 11/10/2009.
                                          Conference - Durbin
2010 Asbestos Awareness Conference Video Presentations 

ADAO proudly announces the 2010 Asbestos Awareness Conference video presentations are now online at ADAO TV. As we grow from year to year, we believe that our conferences become ever better and this year was no exception.
For those of you that were unable to attend (and even those of you who did) we think that you will find the presentations both interesting and enlightening. Along with a mix of the social events, it's the next best thing to having been there.
The 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 conference agendas are hyperlinked to each presentation to make finding  past presenters and presentaions easier.

Take a look at the ADAO TV library and I welcome your feedback and comments via email to
The entire conference will be available soon on DVD. If interested, or to place your order, please let me know.
Lung Cancer AwarenessNational Lung Cancer Awareness Month

ADAO is getting ready for National Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, and as many of us know, the majority of asbestos-related diseases can affect the lungs - mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-related lung cancer.
In May 2010, the President's Cancer Panel released the landmark 200-page report titled
"Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now." The President's Cancer Panel concluded: "In 2009 alone, approximately 1.5 million American men, women, and children were diagnosed with cancer, and 562,000 died from the disease. With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action."
ADAO urges you to join others for the
National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil hosted by The Lung Cancer Alliance, to be held Thursday, November 4. Participants will share stories of survivorship and honor loved ones as they illuminate glow sticks to mark November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The LCA's 2010 goal is to host 100 vigils representing all 50 states reaching an estimated audience of 1,000,000. Interested parties can sign up at the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

Card Staff
Thank you from the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) in Libby, MT.
The Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) in Libby Montana would like to express deep appreciation to ADAO and its contributing members for the funds to purchase a new freezer. This purchase was made possible by the many generous sponsorships and donations for the 2010 conference.

As research expands, it's essential that we bank blood samples not only for the research of today but for the projects of tomorrow. The process of collecting hundreds of samples can take years before research activities can be done to improve understanding of disease mechanisms, which can lead to new diagnostic tests and treatments. As new research projects come forth your contribution will prove priceless not only for the contents it holds but for the time it will save when we receive requests for samples for research projects. CARD greatly appreciates the support of ADAO not only in promoting our asbestos health research, but also for their ongoing commitment and dedication to ban asbestos and unite the asbestos community of patients, families, medical providers and researchers. We sincerely thank you ADAO!      
Note: ADAO will be placing a 2010 Conference Sponsors donor plaque on the CARD freezer to acknowledge our generous supporters.    

ADAO New Website 
Follow us on our new website and through  Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed, blogging and more. ADAO's website includes a variety of resources such as videos in our online library, like "Asbestos Kills" and the Chrysotile Asbestos Fact Sheet, a result of collaboration between ADAO and the Environmental Information Association. Miss a newsletter? See the archives.