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How Tear Gas Affects Your Body

The use of tear gas on crowds by police in Ferguson, Missouri has made recent headlines. SourceFed’s Reina Scully explains what tear gas does to your body and how treatment works after tear gas exposure.

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What does tear gas do?

“Tear gas is used both by the police for crowd control, and by individuals for self defense.”

Why tear gas is so painful — and why exposure is so hard to treat

“Police have made heavy use of tear gas to break up the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri.”

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“Tear gas — the common name used for any of a number of chemicals, including chloroacetophenone (CN), chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS) and dibenzoxazepine (CR) — is used as a riot control agent, according to the New York City Department of Health’s website.”

How tear gas works

“Trailing white fumes, a silver canister arches over the no-man’s-land between the armored riot police and the bulk of your fellow protesters.”

Short-term and long-term physical effects of exposure to CS spray

“CS gas (2-chlorobenzylidene malonitrile) is widely used in an incapacitant spray that causes intense lacrimation, blepharospasm and burning sensations in the throat and nose.”


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