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1999 At-Risk Survivor
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Smokers Ignite! 
1999 At-Risk Survivor
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(June 1999, Thailand) In Thailand, a crowd of onlookers was severely burnt at the National Anti Smokers Day. A hydrogen-filled cigarette ignited explosively when an irate young man tried to cut off the no-smoking symbol with a knife.

Reader Matt says, "This story did occur, but not in the way listed. What actually happened was that the giant cigarette was being held up so the anti-smoking club's president could cut it in half with a large sword. I suppose they proved smoking is bad for you, though."

Submitted by Hans-Peter Schernhammer
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