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Halloween: a health warning

From the United States comes a timely warning courtesy of our old friend Professor John Banzhaf of Action on Smoking and Health. Adults should warn their children against visiting, going to parties, or playing in homes where adults smoke, especially in their presence. Full Halloween health warning HERE.

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Lest we accuse Banzhof of scaremongering, he says,

"The National Confectioners Association and others say that the idea that Halloween candy is likely to be tainted with razor blades or poison is largely an urban myth. So perhaps parents, grandparents, and other adults should give more attention to warning children about more clearly established dangers.", like you're going to die if you go near grandma when she's smoking....

Perhaps the parents round my way have heeded his words, I haven't had any little trick or treaters knocking at my door...or maybe it was the shock they got when I opened the door last year.... :)

October 31, 2010 at 20:33 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

I don't know about anyone else, but I sure am scared. Let's gather around a crackling fire and tell more scarifying tales of ghosts and horror. Surely somebody knows an even better bone-chilling tale of fright....

October 31, 2010 at 22:23 | Unregistered CommenterRichard 23

Banzhof, hmmm.
Sounds a bit in the same vane as those yanks who have certain TV shows ,you know.
Trouble is this one's an operator.
What that means in the US is he's a person who makes money out of thin air.
At any cost to the individual ,society,normal relations.
All that matters is the money.
Whoever he treads on ,craps on ,villifies ,it does not matter.
It's socially acceptable to lie, cheat, fiddle,distort.
All that counts is the pool ,the mansion ,the car.
Sussed you mate.

October 31, 2010 at 22:26 | Unregistered CommenterMcgraw

I get scared when I read Banzhaf. It honestly scares me that a guy can preach the impossible, and people, including decision makers, believe him.

Is Banzhaf a German name by the way?

October 31, 2010 at 22:54 | Unregistered Commentertimbone

Banzhaf is probably our best asset.

October 31, 2010 at 23:19 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Speller

I love John Banzhaf. He's a one man discrediting tool for Tobacco Control. The more insane pronouncements he makes (such as "Touching a smoker can cause neurological damage!" or "Smoke can travel down electricity cables to kill other people in the same block of flats!") the more normal, right-thinking people who have never thought about Tobacco Control one way or the other, start going, "Hang on. What did he just say? My God, they ARE insane!"

I hope he keeps up his good work.

November 1, 2010 at 0:25 | Unregistered CommenterMR A

Arnott, look out! He's after your job. Be a massive improvement.

November 1, 2010 at 8:08 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

John Banzhaf ?

Yep - he's GOTTA be one of ours !

Even in the States, the Opposition can't be THAT stoopid.........................

November 1, 2010 at 9:39 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

Prejudicial anti-smokers will believe whatever supports that prejudice - sadly there are too many of them with too much power and support from stupid and naieve politicians who should have the common sense and decency to ignore this rubbish - but would they?

November 1, 2010 at 12:12 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

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