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Old 04-18-2008, 11:48 AM   #46
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I think that "quality of life", as one chooses it, is all important here. If you are a smoker & get enjoyment from it, good for you. I'm sure you're well aware of the dangers. A smoker may also know that if they stop smoking, their lungs may "clear" after a period of time unlike the lungs of a person who has breathed asbestos. Mind you, smoking is considered a "pleasure" amongst many people. I've never met one person who claims that getting an electric shock is pleasurable, although I'm sure that these people are around. Nor have I met anyone who finds that breathing asbestos dust is pleasurable. I don't know if any such people exist.

If you fear walking out of your front door because;
1. you might catch a disease or
2. you might get hit by an automobile or
3. you might get shot/attacked,

then you are living in fear with little to no quality of life. I'm sure that billie_t will agree with this.

I feel that the "chicken littles" here, are not the type of people to worry about points 1 to 3 above. I do believe that they support the idea of "pleasure" & "quality of life" as perceived by the individual.

For example, my grandfather died at 88. He died of old age, although he did smoke since he was 9 years old. At 75, he had a mild infarction (a mild heart attack). The doctor & thence my grandmother, banned him from smoking. I used to "sneak" him cigarettes & we would go to the shed to smoke. He told me, "Robert, don't let anybody tell you how to live your life. It's your life & you can do with it what you want, no matter how bad it is for you." Quite simply, he got great pleasure from smoking. He suffered greatly when the "cigarette police" came into being. His quality of life diminished greatly.
But this is about "simple pleasures"...& not doing things that harm you when there is no pleasure involved in doing so.

All I can say is that if you get any pleasure from breathing in asbestos dust, you should market the product. Since nobody I know gets pleasure from such a thing, you'll be wasting your money. To those who think that suicidal people may choose to buy such a product, I don't think that they will have the patience to wait 20 to 40 years for "death" to happen.


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Old 05-02-2008, 09:23 PM   #47
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Well, I just got back the report on my plaster worries concerning the possibility of being made with asbestos. I am happy to report that the test results came back negative! I apprecaite all the info about asbestos, and about all the different products that did have asbestos in it. Now I can get back to work, and finish up my ceiling.

Thanks guys for the feedback. A person can never be too informed when it comes to ones health!


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