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New Inhaler-Friendly Snorkel Could Open Up Underwater World to Asthmatics
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QUEENSLAND, Australia -- A Snorkel built to carry an inhaler could open up a whole new undersea world for asthmatics.

The Australian-developed MediDive Asthma Freedom Snorkel houses the puffer within a silicon chamber attached to the mask, giving asthma sufferers easy access to medication at the press of a button.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show about 10 per cent of the population is affected by asthma.

Executive director of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Col McKenzie said the mask could enable many people to explore coral reefs and other natural wonders without fear of an asthma attack.

Mr McKenzie said some tour operators on the Great Barrier Reef had been carrying the snorkels during trials over the past month and the feedback had been positive.

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3 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

that is really cool, but would it work underwater? i would think as you try to inhale it while guarding out the water most of it would just go up and out the tube.
   comment# 1   - Nick · phoenix,AZ USA · Jun 20, 2007 @ 10:52am

I just purchased the Asthma Freedom Snorkel and found it to be excellent. I no longer have to leave my Ventolin on the beach or on the boat, I just insert the meds canister into the snorkel and away I go, so no more anxious feelings of straying too far from the boat.
   comment# 2   - Seara · Australia · Aug 18, 2008 @ 9:51pm

This person, should be to return to school but, after to get the medical doctor's opinion for dont be exposure many persons for acidents or diseases. Crazy!
   comment# 3   - ze ruela · venezuela · Sep 4, 2010 @ 1:29pm
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