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Benzene: A sweet-smelling killer

Benzene, a key ingredient in gasoline, is a sweet-smelling chemical that is used to make plastics, lubricants, dyes and adhesives. It has also been suspected as a link to several blood disorders and cancers, specifically leukemia. As the 17th-most produced chemical in the U.S., benzene can be found in cigarettes and car exhaust fumes. Before federal regulators set occupational exposure limits in 1987, benzene was a common solvent used in pure form by offshore workers and petrochemical industry workers. Other workers who may be at risk are auto mechanics, gas station attendants and even printers because of the extended periods of ... Read More