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To: freekitty
What is really interesting to me is how now no one can stand smokey places; yet back before the smoking police came along; no one seemed bothered at all by it.

Actually, back before smoking bans, we asthma patients were bothered by cigarette smoke in public places, sometimes very much. I had friends who would end up in an ambulance if they made the mistake of going to the wrong place. When I was young, I had many asthma attacks from cigarette smoke encountered in unexpected places.

The smoking bans do work for us. I remember going to Minnesota about 25 years ago, stepping off the plane, and being amazed and thrilled that there was no cigarette smoke in the airport--I could breathe and not gasp or wheeze!

But that absolutely does not mean that everyone should be inconvenienced because I had a problem. I am opposed to the smoke Nazis as much as any cigar afficionado is.

Finally, to some of the "she brought it on herself" posters on this thread:

Sometimes inhalers aren't powerful enough to fix a sudden, serious attack. Sometimes you lose or forget them. Sometimes they get clogged up and don't work.

Teenagers tend to think they're invincible, and when I was the age of this poor young lady I didn't even know it was possible to die of asthma. She may have taken the job because it worked with her school or childcare schedule. She must have thought she could handle it.

Some compassion, please, for a poor young girl who made a mistake! This forum is being taken over by the heartless.

37 posted on 02/10/2008 6:53:02 AM PST by ottbmare
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To: ottbmare
"This forum is being taken over by the heartless."

Not the heartless, just logical, observant freedom-loving readers who honor and respect the principles our Founding Fathers established that the liberal left would like to take away and control. I have asthmatic attacks brought on by many differing triggers: old lady perfumes, pollen, certain cat and dog dander, stress, etc. I NEVER leave home without an emergency inhaler, and always consider the environment I am about to place myself within...Based on those two actions I have not had an attack in over 1 year (and yes, I smoke cigarettes and have cats). Read the article again and you will note that she "had asthma since she was 2" and that it "was POORLY controlled".

In an article written with such an obvious agenda that definitely implies that she was failing to monitor her own health. Also, note that the researcher cited throughout tthe article is using this case to get his theory published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Her refuses to identify the name of the person in question thus denying potential verification of his determiniations which justify his research.
53 posted on 02/10/2008 7:20:59 AM PST by callisto (CONGRESS.SYS corrupted...Re-boot Washington DC (Y/N)?)
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To: ottbmare
I am opposed to the smoke Nazis as much as any cigar afficionado is.

That's OK. We welcome the support of elite cigar smokers as well as that of the lowly cigarette smoker.

66 posted on 02/10/2008 7:51:33 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: ottbmare

Not heartless just strong believers in PR, personal responsibility, not PC.


94 posted on 02/10/2008 10:03:57 AM PST by beckysueb (Pray for our troops , America, and President Bush)
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To: ottbmare
Some compassion, please, for a poor young girl who made a mistake! This forum is being taken over by the heartless.

I'm not heartless, I think I'm suffering from compassion fatigue. Seriously, the media had pushed this button far too often. It's worn out.

108 posted on 02/10/2008 11:23:01 AM PST by Dianna
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To: ottbmare
Heartless? I'm worse than heartless. this grant junkie wanted to pretend that he found the second known case of someone dying from SHS.

Besides Richard Moorehead, name one other person who has been killed by Second Hand Smoke. He is the only documented case to date.

Man’s Impending Death To Be Caused By Second Hand Smoke

Atlanta, Ga. July 13, 2007– In a joint press conference on Friday, the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the premature death of a Montana man will be caused by exposure to Second Hand Smoke.

“After extensive conversation with the SAMMEC computers and after long and grueling hours of torturing the data until it told us what we want to hear, we are finally prepared to definitively state that Richard Mooreheads’ death will be a direct result of his exposure to Second Hand Smoke.” Said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan “We can find no other logical reason for Mr. Moorehead's soon to be tragic demise other than his exposure to SHS.”

The soon to be deceased Mr. Moorehead, 54, an unemployed HIV positive, type 2 diabetic, MS, ALS and kidney dialysis patient who is addicted to crystal meth and heroin, was shocked and visibly angry when told of his diagnosis and cause of death. Reached at his home in an exclusive gated trailer park community in Missoula, MT, Mr. Moorehead blamed his impending death on the careless brutes with cigarettes down at Jim’s Roadhouse Bar on Highway 263. “I’ve never smoked tobacco in my life. But that darn Jim’s Bar was always filled with that there smoke.”

Second Hand Smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of a smoker. It causes an estimated 450,000 deaths per day, according to health authorities, Al Gore and Dionne Warwick’s Psychic Friends Network. It’s also been known to cause AIDS, herpes, hemorrhoids, athlete’s foot and jock itch.

116 posted on 02/10/2008 2:15:21 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: ottbmare
This forum is being taken over by the heartless.

How can you make this statement having been less than two months?

I have been here a little longer and this place is no worse than it ever was.

171 posted on 02/11/2008 4:09:22 PM PST by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: ottbmare
A tragedy, and I feel sorry for her family at this loss. Breathing difficulties are no fun, and we should all show understanding to people who are dealing with asthma, COPD, etc.
187 posted on 02/11/2008 6:15:14 PM PST by Ciexyz
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