How does red phosphorus cause smoke inhalation injury?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Phosphorus smokes are used in military formulations for smoke screens, incendiaries, smoke markers, colored flares, and tracer bullets. Workers at phosphorus loading plants also can be exposed to phosphorus smoke.


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