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Change article title to Intoxicative inhalant?[edit]

The current article name looks like a very specialist use of inhalant
invented by people preoccupied with an intoxication-abstinence movement
and somewhat blind to more generic senses of their terminology

I am more familiar with inhalant as a name for substances used to control asthma
the article itself points out that substances prescribed by medical professionals include various inhalants
and I suggest it - the article - should be under Intoxicative inhalant

Laurel Bush (talk) 11:25, 15 August 2013 (UTC)


The opening sentence could become
Intoxicative inhalants are a broad range of intoxicative drugs whose volatile vapors are taken in via the nose and trachea
Laurel Bush (talk) 09:51, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Deletion of photo of children sniffing glue[edit]

An editor deleted a photo of homeless kids sniffing glue. While the picture is shocking, it serves to illustrate the way that inhalant abuse impacts vulnerable individuals. Furthermore, Wikipedia is not censored ( see WP:CENSOR).OnBeyondZebrax (talk) 20:40, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Nothing to do with censorship. The picture is in very poor taste. These are children, whose faces are quite clearly shown. I'm sure there's many other images we can use that are much better suited and that don't need to exploit the user. -- œ 01:10, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
The photo is wildly irresponsible. 2 other people seem to agree. From a child's perspective, these ~10 year-olds look relaxed and the middle fingers give the impression that they are somehow street-wise, cool, and mature. They are posing for the camera; the reality of their lives is almost surely very different. Let's find a photo that reflects the true impact of huffing. I will return with a proposal for a more appropriate picture soon. You can check my blog for a post I wrote on this. We can do and should do better. -wʃʃʍ- 03:33, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I think that the photo shows the tragic face of solvent abuse. I will check out your blog post. I would like to see a policy rationale for why this picture cannot be used. There are shocking photos in the Holocaust article, but these are used to illustrate the horrific nature of the genocide. With inhalant abuse, the photos are also shocking, but they help the reader see the terrible impact solvent abuse has. Show me a WP policy that prohibits showing minors. This is the article on inhalant abuse. An appropriate illustration is a photo of people inhaling solvents.OnBeyondZebrax (talk) 04:49, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
The photo is taken in a public place and the subjects appear aware of the photo being taken. However they are children which complicates matters. However most groups associated with using intoxication inhalants tend to be vulnerable in some respect or other. I would suggest following the various articles on alcoholic beverages and simply showing the various substances used in the practice. A photo that reflects the true impact of huffing would be difficult (I have no idea how to illistrate a low quality high combined with slightly more limited addition and health effects than 4-MTA. We don't generaly use this in individual drug articles although this sees some use.©Geni (talk) 23:21, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

a movie that depicts huffing[edit]

The movie "The Runaways" has a young Joan Jett played by actress Kristen Stewart huff or inhale spray paint from a paper bag. This should be mentioned in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.238.240.252 (talk) 05:19, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Famous people who have used or abused inhalants[edit]

There should be a section for famous people who have used or abused inhalants.[Removed material about living people per WP:BLP-gadfium]— Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.238.240.252 (talk) 05:24, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

putting title back to Inhalant[edit]

The title was changed from "Inhalant" to "Intoxicative inhalant", to avoid reader confusion with medically-inhaled gases and liquids. However well-intended this change was, it appears to be contrary to Wikipedia's article naming policy, which instructs us to "use commonly recognizable names". WP:COMMONNAME. I searched on PubMed for "intoxicative inhalant", and there were 0 (zero) hits. I searched for "inhalant abuse" and there were 485 hits. So "intoxicative inhalant" isn't a term used by doctors and scientists to describe the practice. I would propose "Inhalant abuse", since this term is used in articles listed in PubMed, but "abuse" is judgmental, and the article naming policy says to use non-judgmental article titles for WP:NPOV reasons. (See WP:NDESC). So we are left with "Inhalant". There is no other article on medical inhalants as a category, so there are no disambiguation problems.OnBeyondZebraxTALK 02:14, 19 May 2016 (UTC)