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Archive Poison News: July 2009
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   Pollution link to lower IQ
  - The New Straits Times, July 28, 2009


A study has found that pregnant women exposed to pollution can greatly effect the IQ level of their children.  The five-year study, by the Columbia Center for Children Environmental Health tracked the development of 249 children living in the densely-populated areas of Harlem and Bronx which showed that exposure to environmental pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) had an adverse effect on intelligence quotient.  PAHs are toxic pollutants which result from burning coal, diesel or gas,  The highest levels of these pollutants had an IQ some 4.31 to 4.67 points lower than other non-exposed children.  The effects of these pollutants on IQ were similar to the findings of the damage caused by low-level exposure to lead.


   Toxic chemicals in electronic ciharettes
  - New Straits Times, July 24, 2009


Washington (U.S.A) -  United States Federal health officials said they have found cancer-causing ingredients in electronic cigarettes despite manufacturers’ claims the products are safer than tobacco cigarettes.  The FDA said testing of products from two leading electronic cigarettes makers turned up several toxic chemicals, including a key ingredient in anti-freeze.  According to the FDA scientists, half of the 19 varieties of cigarettes contained forms of nitrosamine, a carcinogen known to cause cancer in humans.  Also, many products which claimed to contain no nicotine actually had low levels of the stimulant.  The products are made primarily in China.


   Four thousand inspectors to enforce Turkish smoking ban
  - The Star, July17, 2009

  Ankara (Turkey) - Come July 19, Turkey’s 1-year-old ban on indoor public smoking will be expanded to include bars, restaurants, coffeehouses and hookah bars. Owners of these businesses have protested the widening of the ban saying it will bring ruin to their businesses already suffering from the effects of an economic crisis. The ban already covers offices, public transport and shopping malls.

The government is setting up a 4,500 strong team to help enforce the ban. Around 1,000 inspectors will be assigned to monitor bars, cafes and restaurants in the country’s three largest cities – Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, while the rest of the force will be scattered around other parts of the country. Patron and owners who do not observe the ban will be fined.


   High and leaky
  - The Star, July 15, 2009

  Snorting animal tranquiliser ketamine for a hallucinogenic high may lead to incontinence and other health problems. Doctors in Hong Kong, where ketamine took off as a party drug about a decade ago, have recently found that heavy users have poor bladder control and are prone to long-term liver damage.

Incontinence is not the only problem for these drug users, who sniff the powdery hallucinogenic that looks like cocaine but cost 10 per cent of the price. A recent study in Hong Kong of 97 drug users, most of whom primarily took ketamine, found that over 60 per cent of them suffered depression, 31 per cent complained of poor concentration and 23 per cent had memory problem.

Ketamine users usually mix the drug, synthesized in 1962 as a veterinary anaesthetic, with other substances. Dealers often add powder from paint scraped off walls, chalk and crushed glass to give the drug the same shimmer as a good quality ketamine.

   Bootleg liquor kills seven
  - The New Straits Times, July 10, 2009

  New Delhi (India) - The death toll from a case of mass poisoning involving home-brewed alcohol in Gujarat has risen to 71. Another five people are seriously ill in hospital after consuming the contaminated liquor served at a party last week. The incident also saw six police officers in the city suspended and transferred for failing to crack down on illegal distilleries.  

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