The extent, severity, and ongoing nature of the health problems
associated with exposure to asbestos and similar materials is
questioned from time on Orchid and similar forums.
This article from the Melbourne Herald Sun April 9th 2003 may help
put the problems in some sort of perspective. My home state
Victoria, a southern mainland state of Australia, has experiences
with asbestos that are doubtless representative of similar
communities all over the world.