Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a widely-used plastic found in a variety of consumer products including packaging, credit cards, leather, bottles, cables, pipes, toys, window blinds, window frames and wallpaper. PVC has been linked to numerous hazardous substances. One of the most toxic chemicals released during PVC production is dioxin
, a main ingredient of the Vietnam-era pesticide Agent Orange. Dioxin has been linked to cancer
in adults. Several studies suggest that workers exposed to high levels of dioxins at their workplaces over many years have an increased risk of cancer. PVC, which phthalates
are added to, is often found in landfills because it is extremely difficult to recycle. Consumer interest groups warn that children can ingest hazardous chemicals from playing with toys made from PVC.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of PVC exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Toxic & Hazardous Substances