Why the Deadly Asbestos Industry Is Still Alive and Well

Asbestos was once widely used amongst homes and building across the United States, but it is now known as a carcinogen and hazardous substance because of the dangerous health risks from being exposed to this toxic mineral.

Enormous effort is now put into removing it from houses and materials because asbestos kills more than 100,000 people a year and is banned in 59 countries. But rather than being left in the ground, countries like Russia, one of the worlds largest producers of asbestos mines about 1 million tones of it a year and supplies more than half the worlds asbestos.

To find out why anyone would still work with asbestos and sell such a dangerous material Vice travels to the home of the worlds largest asbestos mine, located in a place so proud of their industry they named the town after it, Asbest, Russia.

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