In Portugal, between 2007 and 2012, 218 people died of mesothelioma , a cancer caused directly by asbestos exposure, 40 of which in 2012 alone. Asbestos became a to public health, so removal should follow strict safety rules.
Asbestos is a group of fibrous minerals widely used for centuries as a building material due to its heat resistance, insulation capacity and flexibility. In Portugal, the use / marketing of asbestos and / or products containing asbestos from 1 January 2005 was prohibited.
HOWEVER, THE PROHIBITION WAS NOT ENOUGH… ALLOWING ASBESTOS TO CONTINUALLY HAZARDOUSLY LIVE WITH US.