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What else is Asbestos used for? Asbestos through time

What else is Asbestos used for? Asbestos through time
What else is Asbestos used for? Asbestos through time

Posted on Thursday 7th August 2014 by Graham

Asbestos was widely used in building construction in the first part of the 21st century. Everything from dry walls, plaster, brake pads and even gas masks contained asbestos in some form. Prolonged exposure to the dangerous mineral can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

However, since the 1970s use of asbestos in building material has been restricted across most of the world and awareness and asbestos training has become very important. But, back in the pre and post-World War Britain, asbestos was used in some bizarre products and is still used in some countries like Russia. Here are our six strange uses for asbestos:


Toothpaste contained asbestos
After World War II, asbestos was as popular as democracy and Vera Lyn, so companies were trying as many ways as possible to patent the rock star mineral. In this case, it was used in a new toothpaste, guaranteed to keep your teeth shiny white and your chances of lung disease through the roof.

Fake Snow

Fake snow once contained Asbestos
From the 1930s to 1950s asbestos was used to make fake snow, to help decorate your house as festive as possible. Asbestos was seen as a ‘safe’ product because of there being no risks of it catching fire like other decorations. The dangerous flakes were even used in final scene of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and the set of the Wizard of Oz and in the. Very usual weather we’re having.

Hair Dryers

Asbestos previously used in Hair Dryers
To keep those beehives and bouffants as enormous as possible back in the 50s, salons would use hairdryers that contained an equally enormous amount of asbestos. It was used in a heat-proof hood to save the customers from getting burnt, instead exposing them to killer of a mineral.


Cigarettes too had asbestos
In the 1950s, tobacco companies were looking for a new way to make their cigarettes ‘safer’. One, Lorillard, turned to a patent from the 30s, a cigarette filter that contained crocidolite asbestos and called it the “greatest health protection in the cigarette history”. From 1952-1956 almost 11.7 billion cigarettes with asbestos filters were sold and unsurprisingly smokers suffered from mesothelioma and Lorillard had to pay millions in compensation.

Bootleg Cigarettes

Bootleg Cigarettes have been found to contain asbestos, even today. If you’ve ever been offered some knocked off cigarettes, especially ones with unfamiliar names, then there is a good chance that they had asbestos in them. In some countries, particularly Russia, where almost a million tons of asbestos are mined every year. Many cigarettes produced in Russia still use asbestos filters. In 2007, 258 million Jin Ling cigarettes were seized by authorities in the EU and those deadly cancer sticks have even made their way to the UK.

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