Asbestos was once considered the darling of building materials given its extraordinary resistance to heat, its absorbent qualities, and its tensile strength. Commonly used in roofing, tiles, paper production, ceiling and floor tiles, in packaging, and in gadgets, asbestos became popular in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
The trouble is, asbestos has deleterious effects on human health and on the environment. As such it finds itself on the list of materials that are known to be dangerous to humans.
Banned 21 years ago in the United States and in various stages throughout the western world, entry into the European Union also requires its prohibition.
Accordingly, Turkey has completely banned asbestos production, use, and supply.In addition to malignant lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos can cause asbestosis. Comprised of six naturally occurring silicate materials, its harmfulness has long been understood throughout the western world.
The Environment Management Directorate General said the ban would take effect today, and would comply with EU environmental regulations. As a result, the diseases and asbestos emissions into the environment will be eliminated.
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