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Asbestos and Benzene in Crayons and Markers

The term “asbestos” is used to describe six types of fibrous, heat-resistant asbestos minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite — all of which are carcinogenic to humans.  While asbestos kills 100,000 people each year and is banned in nearly 60 countries, the mineral continues to be legally used in the U.S.  The World Health Organization calls exposure to benzene a major public health concern4 as it has been associated with a range of cancers and aplastic anemia.  Read more...



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