While the use of all asbestos was banned in the UK under a 1999 ruling, other countries still allow asbestos to be used.
The U.S. and Canadian Governments both allow asbestos to be used in some products and in Canada asbestos is still mined and exported.
Over 10,000 Americans and 1,000 Canadians die each year from asbestos-related conditions such as asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims (CVAV) have come together and now work alongside victims of asbestos and their families, experts and organisations to call for the U.S. President and the Prime Minister of Canada to ban the use of asbestos completely with a view to identifying safer alternatives.
If you would like to show your support for the ban on the use of asbestos in the U.S. and Canada, you can sign the North American Declaration petition online: