Evidence showing the real damage caused by exposure to asbestos has been expanding since the late 19th century. The connection between mesothelioma and asbestos made during the 1960s allowed the public to learn about the truth and the potential risks. Lawsuits began surging into courts all over the world and governments began regulating and banning the use of asbestos because it contained carcinogenic properties. Even though the public knew the dangers and risks of asbestos and lawsuits were mounting, the asbestos industry accepted no accountability for its actions and employed an asbestos lobby to counter the attack.
This shows the extent to which asbestos companies resorted to in order to continue using the harmful material. Medical professionals were alarmed at the cases of people becoming seriously ill from exposure to asbestos, while the asbestos industry still wanted to conceal the truth and carry on with business as usual.
Manipulation tactics became the standard for companies in the asbestos industry. Using their power, money, and influence, asbestos companies intimidated medical research scientists to suppress findings and also found ways to control the media message reported to the public.
Since the 1980s, almost $100 million in private and public funds have been spent on propaganda by asbestos companies. A majority asbestos lobby organizations are based in countries that have huge economic ties to asbestos materials, such as Russia, Brazil, India, and Canada.
The Chrysotile Association in Russia
The government of Russia has been convinced by this Russian-based asbestos lobby that mining should continue on a business-as-usual basis. Choosing profits over the health of miners and the public is the goal of lobbyists who work for the Chrysotile Association. Russian asbestos mines produce over $800 million a year in sales.
The Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers Association (ACPMA)
The country of India is still the largest consumer of asbestos materials. Unfortunately, these asbestos products are used most often in construction to make cheap residences for the many poor residents there. India’s Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers Association (ACPMA) is funded by 12 asbestos companies that have no scientific evidence to support the organization’s untruthful message delivered to India’s population that asbestos is not dangerous.
The Brazilian Chrysotile Institute
It is shocking to hear reports that over 100,000 people with asbestos-related conditions die each year in Brazil. The Brazlian Chrysotile Institute is biggest lobbying organization in Brazil, having collected millions of dollars over the last 10 years using its power and influence to keep the public in the dark about the serious danger of Brazil’s asbestos mines.
Canada's Chrysotile Institute
The history of asbestos in Canada is extremely long, and the country’s major lobbying group has been the asbestos industry’s biggest and greatest supporter. The Canadian Chrysotile Institute’s propaganda plan was to convince the public that white asbestos or chrysotile asbestos actually were non-cancerous.
Citizens all across Canada have begun to take notice of the serious health consequences of asbestos and began criticizing the use of the material. The Chrysotile Institute closed in 2012 based on public pressure and an open awareness of the dangers of asbestos.
Even with all the evidence known to the public about the danger of asbestos and the potential to be diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, lobbying organizations will continue to try to make the real truth about the dangers of the mineral vague and unclear to the public.