How does zinc cause smoke inhalation injury?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Since this smoke can be distributed by grenades, candles, pots, artillery shells, and special air bombs, any military personnel engaged in the use or activity of these tools are at risk for HC exposure. Exposure to zinc oxide also is common among welders and those who are engaged in the smelting of zinc.


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