Mobile phones kill more people than asbestos
Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governmentsand the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation.
SignificanceAsbestos is used in 3,000 products
Studies estimate that approximately 3,000 different types of commercial products include asbestos. Inand of itself, the mineral is not harmful, as long as it's intact. However, when the asbestos in these products is damaged and the fibers become airborne, concerns begin to arise.
SignificanceBeing a pedestrian is more dangerous than Asbestos
Finally, concerning the asbestos example, the following may be an implication: presenting the risk to the public by teaching the 1/100,000 premature death rate may be misleading, because such informationmay trigger different impacts depending on equivalent but superficially different methods of presentation (e.g., 100/10,000,000 or 0.001/100). Yet, the risk could be presented as a comparison in probabilities of premature deaths due to being a pedestrian hit by a car, tobacco smoking, diagnostic X-rays, bicycling, lightning, and asbestos in school buildings. An effective risk communication may beachieved by saying that the probabilities of premature deaths due to these risks follow a descendentorder. That way, lay people and policy makers might ask themselves whether they should pour millionsof dollars into a risk, such as asbestos, that is less dangerous than being a pedestrian or bicycling.