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My generation, the artists who made it through the 60's with their brain
cells intact(?)p need to worry about synergistic effects of everything.
We were told to emerse ourselves in art supplies back then, and now find
out that everything from solvents to rubber cement will be affecting our
bodies. If you smoke, stop! Your lungs get coated everyday from clay
dust, pastel dust, solvents, plaster, you name it, it is adding up in
your lungs,why mix in nicotine to the stew?
I strongly encourage my highschool students (especially those who are
serious about going on for art) to READ labels, and follow instructions,
and above all VENTILATE....no more holing up in dorm rooms with the door
closed, the windows closed, the ashtray full, the lights low, candles
lit, working on art projects.
Have a nice day.