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16-year-old boy dies after inhaling lighter gas

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A 16-year-old boy died after inhaling butane gas used in a lighter while in a park with friends in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, police said Sunday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Fuji TV reported that the boy was at the park in Asakuramachi with four friends when he collapsed after inhaling the gas. One of his his friends called 119 and the boy was taken to hospital where he died about midnight.

Police said the boy had inhaled the gas from a plastic bag and that the group had brought several lighters with them to the park. One of the boys was quoted by police as saying they had inhaled gas from lighters before for kicks.

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Is this a thing?

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It's a variation on "huffing". Basically the brain is deprived of oxygen because of the fumes and it gives them a kind of high... basically you're getting high by very slowly killing yourself.

Or in this kid's case not slowly at all.

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Ban the sale of lighters to under 20s?

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. . When we were 17, we used to ask any bum hanging out in front of the convenience store to score us 12 pack. Times have changed.

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Oh, well, at least they weren't chroming! Whatever happen to soda stream bulbs? Inhaling butane ha is just stoopid!

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There are warning labels on them for a reason.

You ignore it, you inhale it for kicks, you'll die. Pretty simple.

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Speed, Meth, Paid Sniffing, you think it's NOT done here ? WRONG.

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Butane huffing was huge when I was at school. One girl died doing deodorant. She was 13.

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Ban the sale of lighters to under 20s?

Already is, BUT there is ZERO way to stop a teenager, or anyone for that matter, from purchasing lighters.

Banning the sale is not the problem, not by a long shot, and anyone who thinks that "banning" something is a cure or way to stop the problem is off their rocker.

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Just a little more desperate than gas huffing. RIP to the kid. As stupid as what they were doing is, and I sure hope the others have learned from this, he didn't deserve to die for it.

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Is this a thing?

It's already a very old thing. However, like solvent abuse (glue sniffing), it is extremely dangerous. Butane abuse has caused a lot of deaths, and a high proportion of those are in first time users. Ignorance plays a big part in that, as a lot of users are really just kids.

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It's always something. I remember in the late 70s sniffing paint thinner was causing deaths among young people in Japan.

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Such a sad news story.RIP young man.

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For kicks. What is meaning that?

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DongHungLoNOV. 08, 2015 - 11:44PM JST For kicks. What is meaning that?

It's an idiom. Most often it would mean "for amusement" or "for enjoyment".

In a difficult situation, the expression is very often used ironically. Context then determines whether the intent of the expression.

"Why did you break this?" I asked about an obvious accident. "For kicks," she answered, exasperated that she didn't have control.

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@DongHungLo - "For kicks. What is meaning that?"

Even better is: "a ​strong ​feeling of ​excitement and ​pleasure" because it is about the SURGE OF ENERGY that it generates!! ;-)

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/kick?q=kicks

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impoverished parts of countries do this when they have nothing to do or have no hope for the future.

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I see. Tricky idioms are. Deppresion must factored. Dong and friends played girls to get "kicks" that age.

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This is the same thing as kids who used to "sniff glue" back in the 70's. You would take a bag and put in the glue that was used to build model toys and huff away. Funniest mug shot I ever saw was from a few fellows who had been caught "huffing" as this procedure is called from spray paint cans, and their mouths and noses were covered with the remnants of spray paint from the bags that they were huffing. Made for a lively mug shot, even though the rest of their faces looked like the sad tale of a person who had abused drugs for far too long.

I hope that the kids with this guy learned a valuable lesson on the dangers of drugs.

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What ever happened to good old ready whip sniffing?

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I guess he shouldn't have done that.

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@Dong Are you a 12 year old living in your mum's basement? Fake name insulting speakers of other languages.

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I hope that the kids with this guy learned a valuable lesson on the dangers of drugs.

They learned the dangers of huffing butane.

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Idiots.

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how did so many of us survive our teenage years? i'm sure lots of us have done something similar, or worse, growing up, but we are still here typing away.

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mpoverished parts of countries do this when they have nothing to do or have no hope for the future.

The most impoverished parts of Japan are better off than the wealthier districts of developing countries. Few 16-year-olds have no hope for the future, most don't think more than a season ahead. As typical students in Japan they probably had plenty to do. All that happened was that a few young people were doing something stupid (which happens every minute of every day), and one of them was unlucky. We don't need to make this a political or theological problem.

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The most impoverished parts of Japan are better off than the wealthier districts of developing countries.

Don't believe everything you hear on TV. Believe it or not but even with the little they have, those so called impoverished kids have everything to live for and very much look forward to a future, regardless how bleak it may seem. And you sure won't hear of suicides or whatever it is your rich and entitled kids are up to these days.

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You can get high by drinking just tea. Try it. Get addicted to healthy things, not...chemicals.

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