But do automobiles really produce potentially cancer-causing levels of benzene? No studies have yet documented that claim to be true.
A 2001 study of commuter exposure (in both cars and buses) in Korean urban areas found some relationship between automobile use and exposure to benzene, but its observations differed from the warning quoted above in some significant areas:
- The study found that traveling by automobile increased exposure to a number of deleterious compounds, including benzene, but the primary factor in this regard was the fuel used by the vehicles, not internal components such as dashboards.
- The study found that benzene levels were higher in older cars than newer cars, which suggests that the primary factor in automobile benzene levels was not associated with the “new car smell” emitted by components such as dashboards and upholstery.
The Korean study itself did not establish a connection between commuter exposure to benzene and the onset of cancer.
A 2007 German study on “Toxicity of Parked Motor Vehicle Indoor Air” which specifically tested the health effects of emissions from one new and one three-year-old vehicle exposed to “parked in sunshine” conditions found “no apparent health hazard of parked motor vehicle indoor air”…
The German study also found the total amount of volatile organic compounds in a new car to be one-tenth the level claimed in the e-mail for benzene alone.)
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🔈To Each AC Car user,Now this is very interesting & MUST READ , as it’s for HEALTH !…Car’s manual says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on the A/C. WHY ?
No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from, but here is an example that
explains a lot of the cancer-causing incidents.
🚘Many people are in their cars the first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.
Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.
🚕Open the windows after you enter your car and then after a couple of minutes, turn ON the AC .
🚗Here’s why: According to research, the car’s dashboard, seats, a/c ducts, in fact ALL of the plastic objects in your vehicle, emit Benzene,
a Cancer causing toxin. A BIG CARCINOGEN. Take the time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car when you open it,
and BEFORE you start it up.
🚕In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anaemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure can
cause Leukemia and increases the risk of some cancers. It can also cause miscarriages in pregnant women.
🚖The “acceptable” Benzene level indoors is: 50mg per sq.ft.
A car parked indoors, with windows closed, will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene – 8 times the acceptable level.
🚙If parked outdoors in the sun, at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.
🚗People who get into the car, keeping the windows closed, will eventually INHALE excessive amounts of the BENZENE toxin.
🚕Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidneys and liver. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.
🚘So friends, please open the windows and doors of your car – give it some time for the interior to air out
-(dispel the deadly stuff) – before you enter the vehicle.
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