Asbestos Victim Fighting to Band the Deadly Substance

For fifteen years, Paul Zygielbaum has been battling his mesothelioma. He's also fighting the asbestos industry: These days, he is fighting for medical research into new treatment programs; for the rights of the patients, victims, and families; and to make asbestos illegal.

Former acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak recognized that "[t]he asbestos issue is not a thing of the past. It continues to this day, and has a health impact on our nation." Though the EPA tried to enact a ban against asbestos 25 years ago, the asbestos industry fought back and won in court. Since then, all other Congressional efforts to enact a ban have also been thwarted by lobbying and partisan wrangling. The full article by SFGate details Paul's story as well as the history of the US's efforts to ban asbestos, and is a must read.