Why the Deadly Asbestos Industry is Still Alive and Well

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Despite irrefutable scientific evidence calling out the dangers of asbestos, 2 million tons of the carcinogen are exported every year to the developing world, where it's often handled with little to no regulation. For this episode of VICE Reports, correspondent Milène Larsson traveled to the world's largest asbestos mine in the eponymous town of Asbest, Russia, to meet workers whose livelihoods revolve entirely around the dangerous mineral. Surprisingly, the risks associated with asbestos mining didn't seem to worry the inhabitants; in fact, asbestos is the city's pride, celebrated with monuments, songs, and even its own museum. Larsson then visits Libby, Montana, another mining town almost on the other side of the globe, where the effects of asbestos exposure are undeniable: 400 townspeople have died from asbestos-related diseases, and many more are slowly choking to death. Why is the deadly industry of mining and selling asbestos still alive and well? Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag


  1. Smoking and asbestos are NOT THE SAME RISK. Being exposed to asbestos even once or twice WILL KILL YOU OF CANCER, IF you really want to equate it then it is like SAME LEVEL AS RADIATION POISONING , THAT ITS NOT A QUESTION IF YOU GET CANCER OR INCREASE THE RISK OF CANCER BUT WHEN you are more than likely to die in 20-30 years if your lucky or sooner if not smoking increases the risk but won't always kill you . There is no successful treatments for mesothelioma most patients survive a few months after diagnosis and less than one percent make it to 5 years. For all of those of us who have had a near and dear die from cancer related to asbestos please be a bit considerate .
  2. Russia is number 1 priority 🗣(in America you watch TV in soviet Russia TV watches you)(Russian voice ) remember safety is number 1 priority
  3. greedy corporations killing innocent people as the James Hardie company did in Australia !
  4. -Worker wants to hide his face to protect himself
    -Says nothing negative about the industry

    What was the point of concealing his identity?
  5. All those businesses who mined, refined and produced shit with asbestos should be forced to take full responsibility for anybody who's got a medical condition that can be linked to it. Nobody knew it was dangerous in the beginning but theres not a fuck that the boys in suits didnt realise it and they kept on doing it. Just like Apple's manufacturer FoxConn doesn't give a shit about their workers either; worlds fueled by & dying of greed
  6. russia stands with money. russia whole country is crippled by organized crime all the way to the top. hopefully that shit hole never gets the bans lifted to work with the us or uk or any other super power.
  7. western propaganda , asbestos is safe
  8. Russian doctor says "Is no problem with asbestos, god bless the poletariat"
  9. similar to the mining industry in wales. once they were shut down there was no industry and the communities based on mining descended into depression
  10. Hmm a product that mostly comes from Russia and used in America! Has to be dangerous. Why don't they show the stats on the asbestos town?
  11. If a Russian isn't dead by 20, then he'll make it til he's 80 no matter what.
  12. Is there no way to use it without breathing/ingesting it?
  13. Russians,the bad motherfuckers
  14. It reminds me of Mosaic phosphate company near Bartow Florida. These people work for the company and so does local businesses. That's their $$$. Of course they will not say the mining is harmful to the land and water. The corruption is entrenched and the victims are the ones who drink the water south of the Company.
  15. Also, "life is dangerous". What a Russian response. A badass "fuck you".
  16. Marilyn is speaking some real truth. She's woke as fuck.
  17. All these people are like 80 years old... something is going to kill them..
  18. when you can't control something that is not yours,you can however always control yourself and your actions,words.maybe educate ppl there.
  19. don't worry tho, u pussy citizens. Libertarians will protect this business because FREEDOM AND FREE MARKET.