Suicide by gases in England and Wales 2001-2011: Evidence of the emergence of new methods of suicide.

Increases in suicide deaths by gassing, particularly carbon monoxide poisoning from burning barbecue charcoal, have occurred in many parts of East Asia and resulted in rises in overall suicide rates in some countries. Recent trends in gas poisoning suicides outside Asia have received little attention. Increases in helium inhalation as a method of suicide have[…]

The association of trends in charcoal-burning suicide with Google search and newspaper reporting in Taiwan: A time series analysis.


Suicide by Burning Barbecue Charcoal: Three Case Reports

The authors report 3 cases of suicide in Scotland where barbecue charcoal was purposely burned in a confined area. This particular method is not common in Europe & is more widely reported in the Far East. (28 refs.)

Petition: Rulemaking Requested to Prevent Illness and Death Caused by Carbon Monoxide From Motor Vehicle Exhaust

File copy includes a summary of the petition.

Preventing Suicide: Closing the Exits Revisited

This book reviews the research on what has been learned about six specific ways of restricting access to methods of suicide: domestic gas, car exhaust, jumping from bridges & high buildings, jumping in front of trains & subway cars, medications & poisons, & for some countries – not including the United States, firearms.

Restrictions in Means for Suicide: an Effective Tool in Preventing Suicide: the Danish Experience

The effect on method-specific suicide rate & overall suicide rate of restriction on availability of carbon monoxide, barbiturates, & dextropropoxyphene was examined. From 1970-2000, overall suicide mortality & method-specific suicide mortality in Denmark were compared with official information about the availability of barbiturates & analgesics & carbon monoxide in vehicle exhaust & household gas. Restrictions[…]

Suicides and Carbon Monoxide

Charcoal-Burning Suicides and Strategies for Prevention

This paper examines the emergence of a new method of suicide in Hong Kong by carbon monoxide poisoning generated by the burning of charcoal. In just 6 years, it has become the second most common means of suicide after jumping from heights. The profile of these charcoal-burning suicide victims is different from that of other[…]

Motor Vehicle Exhaust gas Suicide. Review of Countermeasures

In many motorized countries, inhalation of carbon monoxide from motor vehicle exhaust gas (MVEG) has been one of the leading methods of suicide. In some countries it remains so (e.g., Australia 16.0% of suicides in 2005). Relative to other methods it is a planned method and one often used by middle-aged males. The study provides[…]

Motor Vehicle Exhaust gas Suicide in Victoria, Australia 1998-2002

Data on all suicides by motor vehicle exhaust in Victoria between 1998-2002 were analysed to determine whether suicide occurred in vehicles with lower emission levels. During the study period, 607 suicides by this means were recorded while just 393 hospital admissions were recorded for the same period. While the number of suicides was lower in[…]