posted on Nov, 23 2011 @ 08:09 AM
Although described as a non-lethal weapon for crowd control, many studies have raised doubts about this classification. As well as creating severe
pulmonary damage, CS can also significantly damage the heart and liver.
On September 28, 2000, Prof. Dr. Uwe Heinrich released a study commissioned by John C. Danforth, of the United States Office of Special Counsel, to
investigate the use of CS by the FBI at the Branch Davidians' Mount Carmel compound. He concluded that the lethality of CS used would have been
determined mainly by two factors: whether gas masks were used and whether the occupants were trapped in a room. He suggests that if no gas masks were
used and the occupants were trapped, then, "...there is a distinct possibility that this kind of CS exposure can significantly contribute to or even
cause lethal effects."
Many reports have associated CS exposure with miscarriages. This is consistent with its reported clastogenic effect (abnormal chromosome change)
on mammalian cells.
When CS is metabolized, cyanide can be detected in human tissue. According to the United States Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive
Medicine, CS emits "very toxic fumes" when heated to decomposition, and at specified concentrations CS gas is an immediate danger to life and
health. They also state that those exposed to CS gas should seek medical attention immediately