A quick websearch on "camphor blocks" turned up a number of mail-order
sources, including health stores.
Lots of stuff in a shop is toxic if ingested in the right amounts. If anyone
is wandering around a shop who may feel compelled to eat a block of camphor,
he shouldn't be there in the first place. The probability of injury by all
the power tools there is far higher. Drinking kerosene isn't too healthy,
either. Neither are those X-Acto knives that are in my tool drawer with
Seriously, though. Your warnings are well taken. We should all exercise a
reasonable degree of caution with anything we use.
Regards, Neil Tucson, AZ
From: Ed Van Scoy [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 3:05 PM
To: Albaugh, Neil
Cc: 'Russel Mack'; 'Phillip Landry'; 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection
Camphor is a colorless or a white crystal granule or cake product obtained
from the wood of the camphor tree. It may also be synthetically derived.
Some products such as lotions, astringents, and moth repellents still
contain camphor as an active ingredient. In 1980, the Food and Drug
Administration set a limit of 11% allowable camphor in consumer products and
totally banned products labeled as camphorated oil, camphor oil, camphor
liniment, and camphorated liniment.
Camphor, readily absorbed through the skin, produces the sensation of warmth
and slight local anesthesia. Camphor poisoning produces seizures and may be
preceded by mental confusion, irritability, neuromuscular hyperactivity, and
jerky movements of the extremities. Camphor poisoning from household
products may occur following oral ingestion. Symptoms occur five to ninety
minutes following ingestion.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 16:21:34 -0500
>From: "Albaugh, Neil" <email@example.com>
>Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection
>To: "'Russel Mack'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "'Phillip
>Back when I learned about that trick, they were available at
>drugstore. You might check with a pharmacist that's over 50
>He might remember what it was and where to get it :)
>The military used a paper wrapping that did the same thing,
it was called
>VPI-- Vapor Phase Inhibitor. Maybe a websearch on camphor or
VPI might turn
>up a mail-order source.
>Regards, Neil Tucson, AZ
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