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What happens if incidentally inhaled a little butane?

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#1 araragi


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 01:53 AM

The lighter looks like this http://www.chemaxx.com/butane_lighter3.htm

I was wondering what would happen if I only pressed the black button but not roll the thing.

I suspected that it might cause the gas to come out, but wasn't sure so I took a sniff. Not sure what the smell was, might of been nothing.

It's been an hour and I seem fine. I heard there could be brain damage or instant death.

Should I still be worrying? Just worrying about it makes me feel like I'm dying..

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 02:45 AM

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 03:18 AM

Butane is a hydrocarbon. This means when complete combustion occurs carbon dioxide is produced. However, if incomplete combustion occurs then carbon monoxide will be produced.


Either way, a quick sniff is very unlikely to cause any harm. Prolonged exposure might, however.



Edited by xXToffeeXx, 24 July 2016 - 03:19 AM.

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 03:27 AM

Occasional inhalation of small amounts isn't considered hazardous, butane can be used as a propellant in aerosol sprays like deodorants and cooking spray. Some people still don't like that idea however. Breathing concentrations of butane can be life threatening when done as volatile substance abuse.

Edited by Platypus, 24 July 2016 - 03:28 AM.

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 12:14 PM

I smoke a pipe with a lighter so I probably inhale 100x what you do every day, and while I wouldn't say it is "healthy" I think it's more likly the thing you are lighting is unhealthier then the gas itself. FYI, just guessing on the true purpose of OP, but may want to look into Pure's Isobutane lighters.

Edited by Trikein, 25 July 2016 - 12:15 PM.

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