Asbestos exposure continues to have high rates of death in the US. Potential years of lost life continue to be at epidemic proportions. The US CDC reports that premature mortality as a result of asbestos related disease continues to be at all time highs. Asbestos is still not banned in the US .
Asbestosis-Related Years of Potential Life Lost Before Age 65 Years --- United States, 1968--2005
CDC MMWR December 12, 2008 / 57(49);1321-1325