CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 13, 1978
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(Studio) Mounting evidence of dangers of asbestos damaging lungs and possible extent of public's exposure to asbestos reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Govt. plans to advise shipyard workers, employed between 1940 and 1975, of probable exposure to asbestos fibers, known to be health hazard that causes cancer. Long knowledge of dangers of asbestos fibers to those working directly with it and recent mounting evidence that those exposed to fibers are contracting lung diseases at higher rate than general population reported; asbestos use in shipyards noted. [Mt. Sinai School of Med. spokesperson Dr. Irving SELIKOFF - says this evidence is just now showing up because of length of time it takes for cancer caused by asbestos to appear.] Possible exposure to asbestos of workers' families detailed. Govt. movement to decide how to handle problem outlined; concerns of some- with regard to slowness of government action. Defense Department mtgs. mentioned. [Asbestos workers union spokesperson Charles AY - thinks there's enough statistical data available now to show problem and that solution must be found.] [SELIKOFF - says those exposed should be told and helped and should not smoke cigarettes.] Govt. plan's need to address question of liability noted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante