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07/20/07 - East Texas

Some Desperate Drivers are Siphoning Gas by Mouth

by Ramonica R. Jones

The average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel is now $2.91 a gallon, but for some East Texas motorists, prices at the pump aren't dropping fast enough. Some desperate drivers are even using their mouths to siphon gas from unattended cars. It's a crime that's literally sickening.

Woodland Heights Medical Center physician, Lance Sloan, said, "Nausea and vomiting [and] some brain dysfunction" are serious side effects of gas siphoning. 

Gasoline is one of the most dangerous chemicals you'll come in contact with regularly. The chemicals in fuel are both flammable, toxic and if ingested, life threatening.

W.H.M.C. Registered Nurse Delphina Maxie said, "Anytime you're ingesting anything that's harmful to the body, it can destroy your liver, your kidneys [and] your heart. It can end up affecting your lungs [and] your breathing."

But those are just a few of the health problems siphoning gas can cause.

"There are a lot of additives that they put into gasoline, so there are dangers both to potentially getting burned as well as not being good for your body," said Dr. Sloan. 

To keep your fuel from being stolen, you can buy a lock for your gas tank. They don't cost that much and can be found at any automotive store.

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