Leisureguy said:No problem at all. I should have included the references from the start. I would also imagine that this is one of those things (like a shaving cream that irritates the faces of some and not of others) that would affect some young boys and not others, due to the vagaries of individual differences.
Regarding El Alamein's comment that harmful products would be immediately pulled from the shelves, I would point out that cigarettes are still sold, though quite clearly harmful, and secondhand smoke, even though the Surgeon General has specifically spelled out its dangers, is something that most localities still allow in offices, bars, restaurants, and the like. (I recall when New York City moved to ban smoking in public places the bars and restaurants claimed that they would be ruined by such a ban. The ban went through, no one was ruined and the people who work in bars and restaurants and had the most exposure to the smoke are now quite grateful.)
Leisureguy said:By PM, I sent Chris the supporting evidence for the dangers of secondhand smoke (an AP story on the Surgeon General's warning) and the benefits of the smoking ban in NYC (a NY Times story on 6 Feb 2005 by Jim Rutenberg and Lily Koppel, "In Barrooms, Smoking Ban is Less Reviled"). Both seemed convincing to me, but perhaps not relevant to the general topic discussion. But if anyone else would like to see the evidence and sources on which I based my statements, I'm happy to send them.