Monday, November 24, 2008

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Taking aim at an apparently underdeveloped "awareness of the dangers of second-hand smoke" at bus stops, fourth-year University of Western Ontario nursing student Sarah Fox and colleagues are "fighting back" with a new sign and flyer campaign. "It's gross, and we shouldn't be put at risk," Fox told the London Free Press, providing future patients with the comfort that nursing students are able to grasp and communicate complex medical concepts.

"People need to be aware of it," she continued, without the slightest awareness of anyone else's awareness. On the other hand, hectoring is a far more economical use of education time and resources than acquiring and applying ability. "Even a small exposure can have long-term effects." As opposed to far greater exposure to vehicle exhaust while standing at a bus stop?

On the subject of raising redundant information to the elevated status of awareness and research grants, a recent study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that poor people are as likely to "end up in hospital" as poor people in other studies. This result should prompt swift action to raise health premiums for poor people who have so far been ailing at the expense of healthier and more heavily taxed rich people.

2 comments:

basil said...

Fuck off smokers, you're interfering with my inhalation of spent gasoline fumes from idling buses and passing motorists . . . and I can't remember where I parked my bike.

Mike said...

University people raise my blood pressure every time I hear their thoughts -- pardon me, I mean, their feelings.

High blood pressure is correlated with strokes, heart attacks, and other medical problems.

Why must my health be put at risk just so Sarah Fox can be heard? Where are our priorities as a community?