As I globe trot, I’m always hopeful that people and countries all over the world become more aware of the negative health effects from deteriorating lead-based paint. It’s a well-known and documented fact that substances made with lead, including paint, are extremely harmful when breathed in and ingested. Children are especially vulnerable. Lead-contaminated dust from chipped and peeling lead-based paint is one of the most common causes of elevated blood lead levels in children. Even short-term exposure can cause damage and produce long-term consequences.