What is the danger of tear gas Person

What is the danger of tear gas

In light of the increased frequency of protest actions in different countries, the authorities began to use tear gas more often, which penetrates buildings and does not erode for a long time, undermining people's health.

No one knows what the long-term effects of exposure to tear gas on the human body are, since no one has been exposed to this chemical repeatedly or even continuously for weeks or months before. Due to the constant gas attacks in Portland, residents of the state and the state authorities began to worry about the consequences, and this is what data was found.

Protesters and other citizens report persistent breathing difficulties, migraines, mental health problems, gastrointestinal disorders and other health problems. In addition, as it turned out, tear gas causes menstrual irregularities.

The use of chemical weapons, such as tear gas, in combat was prohibited by the Geneva Protocol in 1925, and then by the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993. The composition of the gas includes chemicals such as chloroacetophenone and chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile, which irritate the mouth, nose and throat. But now we are not talking about war, and, for example, in the United States, tear gas has been used in 100 cities since the beginning of the protests (late May). The consequences of this can be very serious.

The Centers for Disease Control notes that prolonged or frequent exposure to gas can lead to blindness, respiratory failure, and even death.

A study of nearly 7,000 U.S. Army recruits in 2014 found that they had a much higher risk of developing acute respiratory diseases after a single exposure to tear gas. Gas can also affect reproductive health, and repeated exposure, as found out in Chile, can cause miscarriage, which is why tear gas has been banned in this country since 2011.