I’m really tired of the sensationalist bullshit that gets thrown around the Internet these days. It’s nothing new, but I got an email today which really annoyed me. It pushed the idea that the interior components of a modern car pump out insane levels of benzine, which is probably why everyone is getting cancer. Their solution? Don’t turn on the A/C in your car in the summer when you first get in, no – open your windows and let the evil benzine leech out into the surrounding environment – thus ridding you of the risk of getting cancer.
The funny part? The first line of the email is a link to an article at Snopes.com. If you click the link, and read the story, as well as the study (from Korea in 2001) that the email is loosely based on you come to realize that you are more likely to inhale benzine during the winter months in Korea as a result of burning FUEL then you are from the interior panels of your car heating up in the warmer months. The worse part of it all is that people will blindly pass this crap on, when the facts that completely trash the argument are sitting in the email itself.
I feel sorry for anyone who reads it and subsequently is now airing their car out every day instead of enjoying the sweet, sweet air conditioner.
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/benzene.aspRead and give it some thoughtCar Air-conditioning –No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer causing incidents. Hmmm. Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, 7 days a week. As I read this, it makes me feel guilty and ill. Please pass this on to as many people as possible. Guess it’s not too late to make some changesCar A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST READ!!!Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.Open the windows after you enter your car and turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.Here’s why: According to research, the car dashboard, sofa, air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen – take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50mg per sq.ft. A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.So friends, please open the windows and door of your car – give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff – before you enter.Thought: ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.’