In response to the recent incident at the southern U.S. border where border agents fired clouds of tear gas at women and children, experts are looking into the potential of tear gas to have a dangerous and long-lasting effect. The CDC says tear gas can cause blurred vision, burning and swelling in the nose, coughing, choking, as well as other side effects. Children are at a greater risk for injuries because tear gas is heavier than air and will therefore be closer to the ground and expose children to higher concentrations compared to their taller parents. In addition to the direct effects of a tear gas attack, including burns and respiratory problems, researchers have recognized there are several possible long-term health risks for those exposed.
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