UMN Medical Student Researchers Find Long Term Effects Of Tear Gas

They recommend more regulation of tear gas usage -- and if possible, other options entirely.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Some University of Minnesota Medical School students have complied research that suggests tear gas can have long-lasting health impacts.

The short-term reactions to tear gas such as breathing problems and skin and eye irritation are well-known already.

So, the PHD Graduate Neuroscience students analyzed other studies on the longer-term health consequences, and summarized those findings.

They found one study showed respiratory issues can last as long as ten months for some people who were exposed.

They recommend more regulation of tear gas usage — and if possible, other options entirely.

“Tear gas needs to be re-evaluated,” said Timothy Monko, Doctoral Student Researcher.

“Largely because we don’t understand the long term health effects of tear gas we would at least first recommend that de-escalation tactics need to be used instead of tear gas,” he said.

Researchers say while it’s often used as crowd control some of those other studies suggest the use of tear gas can escalate situations like protests.

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