We all associate asbestos with insulation and heavy industry such as shipbuilding but in the 20th century, asbestos was used in many different ways.  Some of them you would never have expected!


1. Fake snow  – in films such as the 1930’s version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Chrysotile asbestos (known as white asbestos) would be scattered as snow and sprayed to mimic falling snow.  This can also be seen in the 1942 film ‘White Christmas’.


2.  Toothpaste – After World War 2 asbestos was used for it’s abrasive effect in a popular brand of toothpaste in North America.


3.  Hairdryers – we have all seen the images of women sitting under the old hood type hair dryers in the hair salons of the 50’s and 60’s.  These dryers contained an asbestos lining to prevent hair being damages or singed by the heat.


4. Surgical thread – Again in the 50’s and 60’s doctors used asbestos thread to close wounds and incisions.


5. Cigarette Filters – Asbestos cigarette filters were produced by Hollinsworth & Vose Company (also called H & V Specialities) for Lorillard Tobacco Company, which used them in their Kent Micronite cigarette brand which was extremely popular in the 1950’s.



Asbestos was widely used in a huge range of products, many of which are not always obvious.  If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition and are uncertain where exposure may have taken place, contact us immediately on 0800 294 3065.  We are specialists in dealing with compensation claims for asbestos illness and can talk you though the whole process.