Gov’t prohibits importation of asbestos

The Macau SAR Government has prohibited the importation and transit of asbestos, a harmful natural mineral, a dispatch in the Official Gazette announced on Monday.

The order approved by the Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On will be enforced tomorrow, April 9.

According to the dispatch, the order is issued ‘to ensure the environmental quality and health of the population, taking into account reasons of public interest.’

Asbestos can be disintegrated into extremely tiny fibres and float in the air for a long period of time. Its inhalation can cause serious diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, to name a few.

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