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theruss

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I am finding it hard to get clear information on the active ingredient in Duster. It seems to be akin to ether? Is the ingredient a product of fossil fuel or crude oil like other solvents? Or is it more akin to alcohol? Is it water soluble? Are the physical problems as severe with it as say gold paint? If sounds like it's less physically dangerous than fossil fuel based solvents? Not to underestimate it's inherent dangers.
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Theruss- The ingredients of any aerosol product should be on the back label of the product package.  Physical affects of the product can be found by calling the 1-800 number on the back of the can.  That brand's active ingredient is difluoroethane- it's neither ether or fossil fuel.

For more detailed information you should contact the makers of the product by visiting:
 
Hope this helps initially.
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This is my frustration. What is difluoroethane? Where does it come from? What does it do physically to the users? What mechanism produces the high or effect? Is it toxic? Is it water soluble? I would like more details.

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Difluoroethane is a chemical compound that is made up of two carbon molecules, four hydrogen molecules, and two fluorine molecules. The formula is C2H4F2. Dusters work by having both liquid and gas inside the canister - as gas is expelled through the nozzle, the pressure on the inside drops and the liquid remaining in the can begins to boil, creating more gas. If the can is held incorrectly (upside down), the liquid is able to escape and can cause frostbite.

Difluoroethane is not toxic; using Dust-Off in a regular manner completely safe. However, abusers of dusters inhale the product directly and replace regular air with difluoroethane. The 'high' is the sensation created as the brain is deprived of the oxygen that it would normally receive. That's one of the reasons that inhalants are so dangerous, and even the first experiment with them can be fatal.

Again you may want to call or visit the websites to contact the manufacturer directly for more specific information.

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Dear Moderator,

Thanks a ton. This is exactly the information I have been trying to acquire. I am working with at-risk youth and have run into several dusters recently. I need to know the facts. If kids find out adult concerns are uninformed, they write us off. There certainly is enough here to make a passionate appeal. Most of the kids report losing consciousness. Now I know why.

Thanks Immensely,

Gary
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