Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Just did some reading on silicosis. I think people should read more on the topic before making a judgement.
From what I have quickly read, it has been around for a long time. This disease is more of an occupational disease (people who work w/ extensively in places w/ fine silica dust). It is very uncommon in the United States (I am from Canada though), and has been declining in prevalence for many years. However, the disease is very debilatating and serious.
Working w/ dust for a little while--like us hobbyists--should be no cause for concern. Unless you are stirring up the silica sand so much silica dust particles start flying around, then you breathe that in, for extensive periods, I don't think it's a cause for concern. There are other things that kill more people that are preventable, things like obesity, drug-abuse, misuse of firearms, smoking tobacco, inactive lifestyles, drunk-driving, etc.