My third grandfather (long story) had to have an oxygen tank beside him in his later years. He never smoked. All he did was grow old. These days, illegally old. He was so old he attended the funeral of one of his his sons, who was also old but a bit less old, obviously. The NHS would have put him on the Stairway to Liverpool if he was alive now. Lucky for him, he died years ago, in the days when doctors actually gave a shit.
It was a good thing he didn’t smoke. Having elevated oxygen around you increases the chances of something catching fire. It’s not the oxygen that burns. It’s the combination of other material with oxygen that results in fire. You can’t oxidise oxygen. Well, not in your living room.
Oxygen also doesn’t explode – not when it’s in free air anyway. Any pressurised tank will explode in a fire and if it’s full of oxygen, it will send that fire to a level that only an LSD user will have seen before.
So it’s a bit strange to hear that someone exploded their oxygen supply with a cigarette. Sure, smoking – or any combustion source – near an oxygen supply is a bad idea. Oxygen will make combustion much more effective. Your cigarettes will burn away in no time and if you touch anything combustible with them, they are far more likely to catch.
But – explode? Into an inferno that had been fully extinguished before the fire brigade arrived?
I have a great deal of sympathy for this poor woman, as have most of her neighbours who describe her and her family as very pleasant people. The commenters are of a different view. There is the standard smug git, of course:
SKM85, London, UK, 5 hours ago – Smoking kills
He is there every time. And there is this:
Wheresoeverimaybe, Landgraaf, Netherlands, 5 hours ago
OMG what is the world coming too, no wonder the N.H.S. is in crisis if they are giving every one still smoking oxygen bottles, maybe it’s a ploy to keep them in business unfortunately the politicians have other ideas. Maybe a pair of glasses would be better next time so she could read the “keep away from a naked flame” sign that I’m sure was some where on the apparatus!
Sigh. So apart from the stench that identifies us despite the latest shop-baker only finding out I was a smoker after several months – she happened to be leaving while I was out for a puff – we smokers are now to be identified by the wearing of Scuba-style tanks and breathing apparatus. Provided by the NHS and paid for by smoking taxes. Hell, I paid smoketax for many years – I want one. In fact, two. One filled with acetylene and one of those torch thingies. And the Ned Kelly mask with the black glass. I’ll find something to use it on. Political canvassers, probably.
Since she happens to enjoy a smoke (and has therefore paid far more into the NHS than she will ever get out of it) she must be denied treatment so Worthy Ones can get their anti-zit cream for free and spend three hours moaning to the nodding dog in the doctor’s chair about other people’s lives.
It’s sickening, but they can’t and won’t see that. These are vicious, spite-driven morons whose only redeeming feature is that their minds have been mercifully spared from the ravages of intelligence. If they are like this now, imagine what they’d be like if they were actually capable of thinking.
Fortunately they are not:
Clowning around, london, United Kingdom, 6 hours ago
Oxygen mask? she must have severe lung disease yet still smoking? no wonder the NHS is on its knees…Giving with one hand and the work, money and effort to save lives being taken away with the other
The money for the entire NHS, you idiot, comes from a small part of the tax take from tobacco duties. The rest is also wasted.
I used to buy large gas tanks for work. Five/six feet tall, not the little pocket-sized ones. We had a special steel trolley to move them around and a dirty great spanner to fit the regulators. Oxygen was one of the cheap ones. The tanks are obviously refillable, only the gas really costs anything. Those little tanks Grandpa Three used to get would have cost about a tenner, at most, at the time. Probably not much more now.
She must be on oxygen for lung problems, that’s pretty certain but:
sherbert, Scotland, United Kingdom, 6 hours ago
Wow how daft can you get? Probably on the oxygen due to smoking in the first place. Hope your bad habit was worth it.
Really? A diagnosis from prejudice? You should sign up for the NHS, Sherbert. They’d make you a consultant. Then you could be a self-righteous dick on a better salary.
Maybe she has a non-smoking-related breathing problem? Oh, but they don’t exist. The NHS banned them all. Maybe she does have a smoking-related problem, Hell, everything from alopecia to zoonosis is smoking related now so why not? And so what? She’s paid in more than she’ll ever cost. We all have.
The reply to the above is madder still:
Kate, England, 5 hours ago
believe it or not people try to smoke in hospital too, despite oxygen being piped into the rooms!
Nobody smokes in hospital, it is not allowed, even in the grounds of most of them. You’re better off leaving the grounds for a smoke anyway, the more often the better, less chance of catching the nasties they have growing in there now.
As for ‘oxygen piped into the rooms’, that’s called ‘air’ and it comes in through doors, windows and the modern ubiquitous leaks. Oxygen is not piped in to anywhere.
It is easier to understand the thought processes of a fungus than to think down to the level of these people. And I type as one who has finished the three-quarters remnant bottle of last night’s Whyte and Mackay and dented tonight’s Glen Orchy, while smoking all the while. (tomorrow is ‘day off’ – I hope) And they call us ‘stupid’! I can’t get my IQ down to their level even if my liver ends up in a jar on an astounded coroner’s desk and my pickled brain ends up baffling PhD neurology students for the next century.
Which they still might.
You know what’s really horrifying? These samples I have picked are from the currently best rated comments. A woman, a pleasant woman with a pleasant family by the Daily Mail’s own confession, has suffered a terrible accident and the spite-driven comments are the best rated. What disgusting people this country now produces.
You want to see one of the currently worst rated ones?
clairec, northumberland, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Poor woman I hope she makes a full recovery
That is one of the worst rated comments. That says it all about the people of the UK now, doesn’t it?
They are waiting for a hero to save them. Why would anyone save them? They are not worth saving. Thanks to Blair and Cameron and the saggy-faced one in the middle who looked rather like B.H. Calcutta (failed), and all the political leaders of our time (yes, Salmond, you too, you short fat pompous useless escapee from an old Popeye cartoon) it is just fine and dandy to hate someone who does not deserve it just because they live in a way the Great NHS does not approve of. Shut the damn thing down before it kills us all.
The NHS used to be about caring for the sick. Now it’s not about caring at all. It’s just about control. What the hell use is that?
It had its time. Its time is over. It’s just no use any more.