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Inhalant Abusing Giraffe Draws Critism
    #2063157 - 11/01/03 06:43 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

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Ad Showing Helium Inhaling Is Criticized

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Toys "R" Us television commercial that featured the company's mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, inhaling helium from a balloon has drawn the ire of anti-drug advocates who say the ad sends a dangerous message to children.

"Any portrayal of inhalant use is bad, especially when we're reaching out to younger children who are at most risk of abusing inhalants," Charles Curie, administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said Friday.

According to a 2002 Monitoring the Future Study, 15.2 percent of eighth-graders have used inhalants in their lifetime.

The ad campaign has finished its rotation and will not be reintroduced, Toys "R" Us spokesperson Susan McLaughlin said in a statement.

"Toys "R" Us takes the safety of our guests very seriously," McLaughlin said. "We would never encourage any behavior that would be dangerous in any way."

Inhaling helium has the effect of distorting the human voice. It also can displace oxygen in the blood and lead to unconsciousness and, in rare occasions, death.

Advocates are also concerned about the portrayal of "huffing" helium in other commercials, television shows and movies.

"The ingestion of helium is dangerous," and has resulted in deaths, said Harvey Weiss, executive director of the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, a federally funded organization.

Weiss said he was inundated with complaints about the Toys "R" Us ad from parents, teachers, school nurses and substance abuse treatment workers, who also complained to the toy company.

"Maybe they heard what we had to say," Weiss said.

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Re: Inhalant Abusing Giraffe Draws Critism [Re: Twirling]
    #2067067 - 11/03/03 04:04 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

What a dumb commercial.


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Re: Inhalant Abusing Giraffe Draws Critism [Re: Signo]
    #2069553 - 11/04/03 07:18 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

> The ingestion of helium is dangerous," and has resulted in deaths

Ingestion is not inhalation. The only references I could find from helium deaths all resulted from asphyxiation rather than ingestion.

Just another spore in the wind.

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Re: Inhalant Abusing Giraffe Draws Critism [Re: Twirling]
    #2074076 - 11/05/03 07:02 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)


that's retarded.

As I recall the giraffe didn't intentionally inhale the helium, his neck just so long it was near the bottom of the balloon and it made his voice funny.

That's fucking retarded.... do these people have anything better to do? I think this activist group is nothing but a group of overprotective 'my kid is better than your kid' soccer moms who want an excuse to sit on their ass and watch soap operas all day long to watch out for so-called 'dangerous' ads. Please. The only way I can ever think a kid could die from too much helium is if it happened to stumble upon a huge tank of helium and sucked on it for at least a half hour straight... even then it's the parent's fault for leaving out a huge helium tank where a kid could get hold of it... also it would have to be one VERY strong and smart toddler to be able to know how to open the valves and how to properly inhale and hold the helium.

Please. These people were just looking for something to liven up their boring lives... or winning a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

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Re: Inhalant Abusing Giraffe Draws Critism [Re: Seuss]
    #2075405 - 11/06/03 12:47 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

The only death I have heard helium related is a punctured lung from taking the gas from the highly pressured tank.


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