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Tear gas works by irritating mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, and causes crying, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, pain in the eyes, temporary blindness, etc. With CS gas, symptoms of irritation usually appear after 20–60 seconds of exposure and commonly resolve within 30 minutes of leaving (or being removed from) the area.With pepper spray (OC gas), the onset of symptoms, including loss of motor control, is almost immediate, forcing the victim to abandon aggressive behavior in 90% of cases.
Tear gas is used both by the police for crowd control, and by individuals for self-defense. According to “Tear Gas, With an Emphasis on Self Defense,” there are three kinds of tear gas a consumer can buy:
- CS (chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile)
- CN (chloroacetophenone) – often sold as Mace
- Pepper spray – made from chili peppers mixed with a vehicle like corn oil
CS is stronger than CN but wears off more quickly.
These effects do not go away until the tear gas has been properly neutralized by using professional techniques only a few companies are capable of doing.