A woman in England died after falling onto a reusable metal straw, which pierced her head, and the tragic accident has renewed debate over bans on plastic straws.
The woman, 60-year-old Elena Struthers-Gardner, was carrying a glass with a 10-inch-long stainless-steel straw when she fell and the straw impaled her eye, causing fatal brain injuries. Struthers-Gardner had scoliosis, which made her prone to falls.
Several U.S. cities and states have already banned plastic straws to reduce the plastic entering the environment, and a similar ban is set to take effect in England in April 2020.
But the bans have sparked concern among people with disabilities and their advocates, who say the bans make straws unavailable for those with disabilities who rely on straws to drink. In addition, the rigidity of reusable metal straws may pose safety risks.
straw：名詞，吸管、稻草。例句：Paper straws are mushy within fifteen minutes.（紙吸管會在15分鐘內軟掉。）
metal：名詞，金屬、合金；形容詞，金屬製的。例句：The metal straw may have been particularly hazardous because it was used with a lid that prevented the straw from moving.（由於被使用在防止吸管移動的杯蓋上，這種金屬吸管特別危險。）
stainless steel：名詞，不鏽鋼。例句：Starbucks recalled 2.5 million stainless-steel straws due to reports of young children who experienced mouth lacerations from using the straws.（星巴克召回250萬支不鏽鋼吸管，因為報導顯示，使用這種吸管的幼童發生口腔撕裂傷。）