A Brief Note On Paint Thinner Or Population Thinner?

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Chandler Fletcher Ms. Hinckley Humanities 9 November 2016 Turpentine: Paint Thinner or Population Thinner? Turpentine is a solvent used for thinning paint and cleaning paint brushes. Turpentine and its alternatives, such as mineral spirits, are essentials used by oil painters, but they are resources many experienced painters advise against using. These products, though very popular amongst inexperienced painters, have been linked to brain and respiratory damage among those who experience prolonged exposure to them. Minors are still experiencing significant brain development, and any exposure to damaging inhalants such as turpentine can impair brain growth. Many people are unaware of the unintended health effects from the use of turpentine and minerals spirits, despite the warning labels present on the products. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for the regulation of any goods that may be harmful to consumers, including mineral spirits. Turpentine and mineral spirits should be regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by making it illegal for minors to purchase it and its harmful substitutes, limiting the amount that can be purchased by adults, and providing more prominent labeling on the products advertising the negative effects of using these harsh paint thinners. It can be said that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission already regulates turpentine well enough. In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge required “mandated warnings be

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