Pioneer Balloon Company - Makers of Qualatex balloons
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 14:02:04 -0800
From: Ray Sutliff <>
Subject: Check it out!

If you haven't already seen it, I think you might find the above web 
site of real interest.

It states that 110 children have died in the past 63 years of 
inhaling balloons. If my math is correct, that is less than 2 per 
year....sad but hardly an epidemic.

The second para. indicates this is the leading cause of childrens 
death from suffication. According to the newspaper accounts which I 
have read, I thought it was SIDS that caused the most suffication 
deaths in infants?

At one point it cautions about the spreading of serious deseases such 
as Hepititus and Herpes "don't put a balloon in your mouth after 
someone else has". A very good suggestion which could also apply to a 
spoon or a finger or a cookie. Should we then eliminate all spoons? 
cut off all fingers? or keep all cookies away from children? oh 
yes,and don't ever let anyone kiss your child!

After you have read his piece, why not drop Todd Smith (his real 
name?) a note and express your opinion. <>

I think he is just another unknown journalist trying to make a name 
for himself.

Balloons by Ray & Jackie
Calaveras County, CA