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Restricting sales of barbecue charcoal helps in suicide prevention, study shows

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 05 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1324
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    Research showing that restricting access to barbecue charcoal is helpful in lowering the number of suicides has been welcomed by experts on suicide prevention.

    It comes at a time when suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning induced by burning charcoal in a sealed room is beginning to occur outside Asia, where it became a popular method of suicide in the late 1990s.

    “We know that making access to lethal [methods] more difficult prevents suicides from occurring,” said Lanny Berman, president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. “The expectation is that as information is readily accessible, suicides by this method will spread. That’s why …

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