The writer, a physician, responds to a letter to the editor ('Refocus the lens', June 2012, p. 3) which he found "very disturbing". "I have witnessed the pain of asbestos victims slowly choking to death as their lungs solidify". "Exposure to asbestos fibres is a death sentence". "Asbestos is banned in Canada, and millions have been spent removing it from buildings. Yet to save a couple of hundred Canadian jobs, the export of asbestos has been vigorously promoted by Chretien and the Liberals and by Harper and the Conservatives. This reminds me of Iceland promoting the slaughter of whales to preserve fewer than 70 jobs. Are a few jobs worth it to export lingering deaths to the developing world ? Jesus commanded us to love our neighbours as ourselves".