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Vital Signs: Smoking Alcohol – Having A Drink Is Not Enough For Some


Some may be bored consuming it the old fashioned way. For others, it’s a calorie-conscious move. But whatever the reason,  there’s been a reported rise again in cases of “smoking alcohol.”


There’s no burning involved. Rather, it’s what happens when you combine alcohol and dry ice. Some opt instead for a do-it-yourself vaporizing kit using bike pumps.

While not an epidemic or rampant, the North Texas Poison Control Center has been getting questions about this “smoking alcohol. In this edition of Vital Signs, the center’s director, Dr. Brett Roth, explains how it works and why he thinks smoking alcohol is cause for concern.

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Sam Baker is KERA's senior editor and local host for Morning Edition. The native of Beaumont, Texas, also edits and produces radio commentaries and Vital Signs, a series that's part of the station's Breakthroughs initiative. He also was the longtime host of KERA 13’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. He also won an Emmy in 2008 for KERA’s Sharing the Power: A Voter’s Voice Special, and has earned honors from the Associated Press and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.