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Old 02-27-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A California research team says it has seen a rising number of deaths caused by the inhaling of compressed air from cans used to clean dust from computers.

The researchers from the San Diego County Medical Examiner and Sheriff's offices said 17 country residents had died in the past five years who had levels of a gas contained in the familiar air dusters.



Read more: Deaths from computer dusters seen in SoCal - UPI.com
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:41 PM
 
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Darwin is pleased.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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This is not "death from computer dusters." It is death from voluntarily replacing breathable air with toxic chemicals.

"Huffing" of household products has been around for decades, and the cleaner aerosols are just another product abused that way.
Huffing is obviously an extremely dangerous way to get a cheap buzz. Always has been.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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This is not "death from computer dusters." It is death from voluntarily replacing breathable air with toxic chemicals.

"Huffing" of household products has been around for decades, and the cleaner aerosols are just another product abused that way.
Huffing is obviously an extremely dangerous way to get a cheap buzz. Always has been.
Exactly. This article headline (not the OP) is poorly written at best, intentionally sensationalized at worst.

These deaths weren't from normal usage.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Although I wouldn't be surprised. As someone that uses those regularly: that s*** is nasty. When they say "use in a well ventilated area" ... take that seriously.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Darwin is pleased.
A posthumous award is in order. The cans I have are labeled, not as canned air, but "Gas Duster."
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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A posthumous award is in order. The cans I have are labeled, not as canned air, but "Gas Duster."
An appropriate award for this one would be printed on a brown paper bag.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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An appropriate award for this one would be printed on a brown paper bag.
Filled with a huffable substance.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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A&E had an episode of a show called Intervention that dealt with inhalant abuse. It
Here's Allison and her habit.
Sorry about the montage. I couldn't find a better clip.

From what I understand Allison did get clean and is healthy now.
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