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Prevention of suicide due to charcoal burning 

Prevention of suicide due to charcoal burning
Prevention of suicide due to charcoal burning

Paul Yip

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date: 05 July 2022

A new method for suicide, charcoal-burning poisoning, was initiated in Hong Kong in 1998, and has replaced hanging as the second most commonly used method of suicide in the last five years. It has also spread to other regions, for example, Taiwan and Japan. Furthermore, the use of charcoal-burning suicide has drawn a new cohort of individuals into the suicide population. The profiles of the charcoal-burning poisoning death are different from the non-charcoal-burning deaths: there are more males, less psychiatric illness and more financial problems among these cases. Restricting access to charcoal has been proposed to reduce the number of charcoal-burning deaths. The idea is not to completely remove it from the market, but rather to set up barriers to obtaining the suicide means. This means that there is a wider window of opportunity for intervention.

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