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Title: Unsuccessful suicide by carbon monoxide: a secondary benefit of emissions control

Abstract

Emission systems and devices are required on automobile engines to reduce air pollution problems. Catalytic converters have been used on most 1975 and newer automobiles to reduce hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions to a value that meets the Environmental Protection Agency requirements established for 1975 and 1976. The 1980-1981 Boise, Idaho, study shows that with a functioning catalytic converter either unmeasurable or sublethal quantities of CO appear in automobile exhaust. Thus, emissions control has produced a secondary benefit in reducing the number of suicides by CO poisoning from automobile exhaust fumes.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
St. Alphonsus Hospital, Boise, ID
OSTI Identifier:
5569396
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5569396
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
West. J. Med.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 135:5
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CARBON MONOXIDE; TOXICITY; EXHAUST GASES; INHALATION; POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; ACCIDENTS; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT; AUTOMOBILES; BEHAVIOR; CATALYTIC CONVERTERS; DATA COMPILATION; DEATH; HUMAN POPULATIONS; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; DATA; EQUIPMENT; FLUIDS; GASEOUS WASTES; GASES; INFORMATION; INTAKE; NUMERICAL DATA; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION ABATEMENT; POPULATIONS; VEHICLES; WASTES 560306* -- Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology-- Man-- (-1987); 500200 -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989); 330700 -- Advanced Propulsion Systems-- Emission Control; 500100 -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Basic Studies-- (-1989); 552000 -- Public Health; 290300 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety

Citation Formats

Landers, D. Unsuccessful suicide by carbon monoxide: a secondary benefit of emissions control. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Landers, D. Unsuccessful suicide by carbon monoxide: a secondary benefit of emissions control. United States.
Landers, D. Sun . "Unsuccessful suicide by carbon monoxide: a secondary benefit of emissions control". United States.
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title = {Unsuccessful suicide by carbon monoxide: a secondary benefit of emissions control},
author = {Landers, D.},
abstractNote = {Emission systems and devices are required on automobile engines to reduce air pollution problems. Catalytic converters have been used on most 1975 and newer automobiles to reduce hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions to a value that meets the Environmental Protection Agency requirements established for 1975 and 1976. The 1980-1981 Boise, Idaho, study shows that with a functioning catalytic converter either unmeasurable or sublethal quantities of CO appear in automobile exhaust. Thus, emissions control has produced a secondary benefit in reducing the number of suicides by CO poisoning from automobile exhaust fumes.},
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journal = {West. J. Med.; (United States)},
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volume = 135:5,
place = {United States},
year = {1981},
month = {11}
}