By Shamdog48 - 11/04/2011 15:08 - United States
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Wow. Someone either really wants to die, or they're just plain stupid. >.>
aardvarkish is correct. Time to take Chemistry fml'ers! No seriously, do it, its fun. Go do it now. There are some neat vids on YouTube, spend your afternoon surfing through it and be bad ass smart the next day. As the rate limiting reactant, additional introduction only increases the reaction rate (ie, burning). Inhaled smoke is merely the product of the 'fire' reaction and is in and of itself not further combustible.
The oxygen must have built up in the area surrounding where he lit the cigarette (presumably his face). With such an abundance of oxygen, the cigarette burned faster and hotter, producing temperatures sufficient to burn the individual in your anecdote. This does not mean oxygen burns, however. (not trying to be an ass, just answering your literal question "then explain to me how")
@Longing ... what? I'm from the US. What does 'splint' mean in the UK? This has nothing to do with stability, but everything to do with availability. The regular air you and I breathe is only 21% oxygen (78% Nitrogen). Fire, or any combustion reaction, relies on oxygen as a part of the reaction. It also happens to be in shortest supply. By increasing the availability of the rate limiting reactant (oxygen) you increase the rate of the reaction and as a result the amount of heat produced per unit of time. In the case of pure oxygen (100%) we're talking five times the rate of the combustion reaction... for all intents and purposes.
Ah. So you really think that that guy don't care about his health? It's not because he's so terribly addicted he cannot stop smoking, that he doesn't give a fuck about his life. My grandpa smokes for fifty years now and whatever the doctors might say, he will never quit. He's addicted and doesn't bother about it too much. He prefers a shorter life with a cigarette than a longer without one. But he does care about his life.
All I can say is I went through Chemotherapy and it was so horrible that I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I then had to go through radiation that literally burned my skin... I have NEVER even tried a cigarette... you know what it feels like to go through that horror and then HAVE to walk through a cloud of smoke to just get out of a building or people in general smoking in public......................................
He has less than 6 months to live. Are you worried he's going to get another lung cancer before his first cancer kills him? Shut the fuck up and let the dead man walking enjoy his last meal.
I'm right with Doc on this one. My girlfriend just went through treatment for cancer, and the sight of people hooked up to drips, standing outside the cancer wards smoking used to freak me out, but - really - what's it going to do, give them cancer? This guy is screwed to within a statistical margin of error - why make his remaining time just that little bit crappier because someone wants to get moralistic about his vices?
Maybe just explain to him the risks of cancer that smoking have. It be that he doesn't actually know the risks. It might be that he just doesn't give a crap, and whilst it's irritating, there isn't anything you'll be able to do. It might also be that he was joking.