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Inhaling Styrene gas is like lungs getting coat of plastic blocking oxygen

The Styrene gas, which leaked early on Thursday morning at the LG Polymers plant on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam, is highly carcinogenic and when inhaled, it has the effect similar to a plastic coating' on the lungs, said Praveen Ramamurthy, professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bengaluru.

"Styrene is highly carcinogenic. It is highly flammable and hazardous. Normally, Styrene is used for making thermocol. It is not advisable to inhale it even in small quantities," Ramamurthy told press.

"When inhaled, the effect will be like a coat of plastic on the lungs. When oxygen supply cannot be sent to the brain, people will drop down," he added.

The professor said that Styrene is first compressed and turned into a liquid; then polymerizatio