- CN gas
Name = CN gas
ImageFile = Chloroacetophenone.svg
ImageSize = 106px
ImageName = CN gas
IUPACName = 2-chloro-1-phenylethanone
Section1 = Chembox Identifiers
CASNo = 532-27-4
SMILES = c1ccc(cc1)C(=O)CCl
Section2 = Chembox Properties
Formula = C8H7ClO
MolarMass = 154.59 g/mol
MeltingPt = 26.8 °C
:"Not to be confused with
hydrogen cyanide, HCN."
CN gas, or chloroacetophenone or phenacyl chloride, is a substance used as a
riot control agent. It has the molecular formula C8H7ClO. It was investigated, but not used, during the First and Second World Wars, and was used by United States forces in Vietnam. Because of its greater toxicity, it has largely been supplanted by CS gas.
CN is still supplied to
paramilitaryand police forces in a small pressurized aerosol can known as “Mace” or tear gas. Its use has fallen by the wayside as pepper sprayworks faster and disperses more quickly than CN.
The term "Mace" came into being because it was the brand-name invented by one of the first American manufacturers of CN aerosol sprays. Subsequently, Mace became
synonymouswith tear-gas sprays in the same way that Hoover has become strongly associated with vacuum cleaners.
Like CS gas, this compound irritates the
mucous membranes (oral, nasal, conjunctival and tracheobronchial). Sometimes it can give rise to more generalized reactions such as syncope, temporary loss of balance and orientation. More rarely, cutaneous irritating outbreaks have been observed and allergic contact permanent dermatitis.
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