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Originally posted by Heike
reply to post by jfj123
Well, I'm sure it's not pleasant either way but there's a very big difference.
An extreme allergic reaction (like the anaphylaxis I went into after being stung by a bee once) can be very dangerous and life-threatening. "Allergy-like" reactions (such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, etc.) to chemical irritants, on the other hand, are temporary in nature and not dangerous unless the concentration of the "irritant" gets quite high in a closed space.
I was actually trying to refute some claims made several pages back about people potentially being "killed" by second hand smoke due to severe allergic reactions. It sounds really scary and good for the anti-smoking side, but it just ain't so.
[edit on 17-12-2008 by Heike]
Originally posted by vox2442
What's with all the anti-smoking stuff recently?
Over the last week, I've noticed a huge increase in anti-smoking threads and commentaries on about 10 different boards/newsblogs. Is there a campaign on or something? Or is it just one of those internet things, where everyone does the same thing at the same time for no reason?