People have been using hydroquinone for years and not one person has ever died from it.
I think most of us here would rather die anyway than ending up with a HQ related disease, right? At least I would :)
Many people using HQ might not die (and they might do, who knows, poor non-regulated countries often don't report back!), but might end up with ochronosis or god knows what... is that a happy end? No, so careful use is in call.
Comparing ourselves to others is not the brightest way of dealing with toxic chemicals.... we read (scientific-based evidence) and understand the consequences, and then make an informed decision and accept any associated risks... [this does not mean anyone on here is not already doing that, I'm speaking in general]
It wasn't banned in EU, nor restricted in the US for no reason, we all know that and so should be careful.