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Charcoal burning is also popular for suicide pacts made on the internet

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7491.602-b (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:602
  1. Dominic T S Lee, professor (dominiclee@cuhk.edu.hk),
  2. Kathy P M Chan, adjunct associate professor,
  3. Paul S F Yip, director
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  2. Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  3. Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

    EDITOR—Rajagopal's editorial discussed how strangers can initiate suicide pacts on the internet.1 The two cited Japanese suicide pacts both used a new suicide method, charcoal burning. These widely publicised pacts were followed by four additional pacts and 13 deaths in two months, all of whom used charcoal burning. …

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