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  • Secret smoker, 14, dies hiding smell with spray

    By Paul Cheston, Evening Standard
    9 May 2005

    A schoolgirl died when she tried to hide the smell of cigarettes by spraying herself with a fabric deodorant.

    Helen Coffey, 14, was secretly smoking in the bathroom of her family home and used a can of Neutradol Deofab to spray her clothes.

    But in the confined space of the bathroom Helen inhaled the aerosol spray and collapsed in a choking fit.

    She died in hospital a week later on 30 April after suffering a haemorrhage in her throat.

    Her brother Geoffrey, 18, said: "It was awful. I saw her curled up on the floor, choking and foaming at the mouth."

    Helen's mother Agnes, 46, said: "She was such a wonderful, kind girl.

    "She had a rebellious streak, just like all teenagers. That's why she used to smoke. I begged her not to, but she carried on doing it in secret.

    "I was always telling her that if I caught her smoking she would be in trouble. I told her it would kill her.

    "Now of course I wish I'd let her puff away in front of me. At least she would still be alive."

    Mrs Coffey had bought the Deofab to freshen up the family home in Rumney-Cardiff. She said: "I can't believe something like a fabric freshener can kill a child."

    A spokesman for Deofab manufacturer MSG, based in Richmond upon Thames, said: "It is not a personal deodorant and carries a safety warning in the instructions.

    "It is manufactured to UK standards and is perfectly safe to use in normal circumstances." An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...ing%20Standard#
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  • #2
    Girl died masking cigarette smell

    Last Updated: Monday, 9 May, 2005, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK

    An investigation has been launched into the death of a teenage girl who, her family say, died after using a household aerosol in an enclosed space.


    The family of Helen Coffey, 14, said she collapsed after spraying her clothes in the bathroom of her Cardiff home. She died a week later.

    Her family said that she was trying to hide the smell of cigarette smoke.

    The firm which makes the spray, a fabric deodorant, said it was cooperating fully with the coroner.

    Cardiff coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott has opened and adjourned an inquest into the teenager's death last month.

    Helen never regained consciousness after collapsing in a choking fit at home in Rumney, Cardiff.

    She was a life support machine at the University Hospital of Wales until she died.

    Her family said they had been told Helen suffered bleeding in her throat.

    Helen's mother, Agnes, said shortly after her daughter's death that she had begged her daughter to quit smoking.

    She said: "She had a rebellious streak, just like all teenagers. That's why she used to smoke. I begged her not to, but she carried on doing it in secret.

    Coughing fit

    "Now of course I wish I'd let her puff away in front of me. At least she would still be alive."

    Her family said that the 14-year-old had tried to hide the smell of cigarette smoke on her clothes and her hands by spraying them with the fabric deodorant.

    They claim Helen's coughing fit and collapse began after she used the concentrated spray, which is not meant to be used on the body.

    Manufacturers of Neutradol Deofab, MS George have confirmed that the Cardiff coroner's office contacted the company to request information about the product on 25 April.

    'Entirely safe'

    But a spokeswoman said that this was as part of a wider investigation of a number of household products.

    She said: "As an unexplained death the coroner's standard procedures require that all substances and products found in the victim's home and in the vicinity of the death are tested.

    "Neutradol Deofab is manufactured in the UK and complies with the most rigorous UK/EU quality and safety standards.

    "It has been sold in this country since 1999 and there have been no incidents involving the product.

    "Like all our products it is clearly labelled as to usage and is entirely safe when used as directed."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/4531191.stm
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    • #3
      Choking Fit Girl Was Trying to Hide Smell of Smoke

      By Laura May, PA
      Mon 9 May 2005

      A schoolgirl had a choking fit and died after she sprayed herself with fabric deodorant to cover up the smell of cigarettes, it emerged today.

      Helen Coffey was secretly smoking in the bathroom of her family home in Rumney, Cardiff, an evening newspaper today reported.

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      Her family say that the 14-year-old tried to hide the smell of the smoke on her clothes by spraying them with Neutradol Deofab.

      They claim the concentrated spray brought on a coughing fit after which Helen collapsed.

      She died in hospital a week later, reportedly after suffering a haemorrhage in her throat.

      Mother Agnes was too upset to speak to the Press Association today but following her daughter’s death last month she told reporters that she had begged her daughter to kick the habit.

      She said: “She had a rebellious streak, just like all teenagers. That’s why she used to smoke. I begged her not to, but she carried on doing it in secret.

      “Now of course I wish I’d let her puff away in front of me. At least she would still be alive.”

      Her 18-year-old brother Geoffrey said: “It was awful. I saw her curled up on the floor choking and foaming at the mouth.”

      A South Wales police spokesman confirmed that police were aware of the death of a 14-year-old girl in the Rumney area and said that in such a case the coroner would be informed.

      Manufacturers of Neutradol Deofab, MS George today confirmed that the Cardiff coroner’s office contacted the company to request information about the product on April 25.

      But a spokeswoman said that this was as part of a wider investigation of a number of household products.

      She said: “As an unexplained death the coroner’s standard procedures require that all substances and products found in the victim’s home and in the vicinity of the death are tested.”

      “Neutradol Deofab is manufactured in the UK and complies with the most rigorous UK/EU quality and safety standards. It has been sold in this country since 1999 and there have been no incidents involving the product. Like all our products it is clearly labelled as to usage and is entirely safe when used as directed.”

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      • #4
        this is just a sign from allah reminding us sinners to stop all this hiding and doin things secretly....
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        • #5
          ooopss
          The Prophet SAW said, "(There are2words which R dear 2 the most gracious (Allah SWT)&very easy4the tongue2say but very heavy in the balance.They are:Subhan Allahi Wa Bihamdihi - Subhan Allahil-Azim

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