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'New Car Smell' Is The Scent of Carcinogens, And Even Short Trips May Overexpose Us

'New Car Smell' Is The Scent of Carcinogens, And Even Short Trips May Overexpose Us

Obiwan_Salami

ah... the sweet smell of offgassing plastics.


TransposingJons

Never leave your child or pet in a new car for any length of time. (Volvo's were so bad, a few years back, that some dogs refused to get in them). If you have to, then lower the windows as much as is practicable.


KamenAkuma

Iv always hated that smell because it gives me headaches. Could have guessed that it was the off gassing from the plastic and processed leather that was causing it and that it wasnt healthy but never really cared too much tbh just roll down the windows


tonepoems

I find it ironic that enough people love this smell to the point where we've recreated the scent as an air freshener. I wonder why (from an evolutionary standpoint) many people would like the smell of something that is so awful for you.


epigeneticepigenesis

There’s a missing step. New car smell is connotative to success and progress. Not only that, but many people use the spray in the hopes they’ll sell their used car with that attraction.


toastbot

Like baking cookies to help sell a house.


enchantrem

This absolutely works. My mom is a realtor and she's always said, "Antre" (she calls me Antre) "Antre, you can always trick people into thinking something is worth more than it is, it's as easy as lying about your mother on the internet."


Exterminate_Duck

Your name is entree?


enchantrem

Weird, right? I'm more of a snack.


BlankWaveArcade

Entree P. Neur?


That49er

My grandma was a realtor and she would boil cinnamon.


pintong

She sounds like an incredible woman


Important-Owl1661

Here in Arizona we DO bake cookies in our car. We usually use the rear deck window in the Summer. Some of the real pros use the dashboard. Easier to reach on the way home from work, I suppose.


permanent_staff

Gasoline also smells great to many people. I don't think t has much to do with evolution, as we haven't been subjected to these smells for long enough, only a few generations.


lochlainn

To some people, skunks smell like coffee. It's genetic.


MoleyWhammoth

Right.... and I guess I'm one of those weird people, now that you mention such. To me, skunks, coffee/coffee oil, cannabis, sweat/body odor, passionfruit, and pink grapefruit all smell suuuper dank. And pretty similar, really, though they are distinguishable.


Important-Owl1661

So Pepe has hope at Starbucks?


Goyteamsix

I dunno, just smells good. Smells like new stuff.


gslug

I mean, the real answer is that these chemicals haven't been around for long enough to have an effect on our genes. That takes many generations and a lot of death. Also the molecules are structurally pretty similar to things we're supposed to like the smell of. Also, we just haven't evolved to have as sensitive of noses as other animals. Source: I took a biology class or two and I'm pretty sure this is right


Derperlicious

take that people who can afford shit...


Kamon0253

Leather seat Smell gives me a horrible headache. Get cloth seats every time.


fargmania

... worth it.


happyscrappy

I remember this story from 20 years ago. At that time they decided to tone down the smell. Now the story is back again.


Cornczech66

I figure I survived riding my bike behind the DEET spraying mosquito truck in the 1970's, I supposed I'll survive that new car smell....but worse than the new CAR smell...is the smell of a brand new mobile home. (Lots of mobile homes in NM) THAT smell will give me a headache for HOURS!


Goyteamsix

Are you thinking DDT. They didn't use DEET like that. DDT also wasn't really toxic to humans in the levels seem while spraying it. It was banned because it bioaccumulates and kills wildlife.


Cornczech66

Oh yeah, DDT...I guess it DID affect me ;) Thanks for the correction


huxtiblejones

I mean people survive exposure to carcinogens all the time. The point isn’t that you’re guaranteed to get cancer, but rather that it statistically increases the chance of cancer in the millions of people who are exposed. Same concept as radon mitigation in basements - millions of people spent time in old basements with no radon systems but their modern existence prevents tens of thousands of annual cases of lung cancer.


Icarus_skies

That's some blatant survivorship bias. How many of your peers died from cancer WAY too young from the same thing?


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Icarus_skies

Lmfao guilty? You need to look up the definition of survivorship bias.


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Icarus_skies

If you think survivorship bias has anything to do with guilt, you clearly have no idea what the term means.


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Icarus_skies

Lmao jesus you are ignorant. Read a book old man.


Cornczech66

well bless your heart......not any more ignorant than YOU are, Darling...and I am not a MAN, a$$wipe.


adavi608

Most of us just can't afford the new car habit. That's the only reason this hasn't gotten out of hand.


LogicLenny

Fun fact I used to get really intense shivers when I got into a new car when I was a kid


Bartholomeuske

Put it in the sun with the windows a bit open


SeverusSnek2020

Just bought a new car. Glad it's decent weather because I have my windows down until it airs out.


greenw40

Yawn, everything is a carcinogen now.


fistymcbuttpuncher

I mean, its from plastic/rubber offgassing. That shit aint good.


zed857

*Especially* in California.


fargmania

Hey! I am a Californian! So it is my legal responsibility to inform you that I may contain ingredients known to cause cancer in the state of California.


mykneeshrinks

Homeschooling the comment


uriman

Why you got to ruin everything speckz?


this_place_is_whack

Science ruins everything


TransposingJons

People ruin everything...science has the unenviable task of pointing that out.


woolyearth

correction, science and people are neat, *I ruin everything* with zero help.


E32636

I knew this about the offgassing and huffed my last new car like a junkie the entire time I could smell it anyway.


igglepoof

You had to ruin it for the rest of us didn't you?


notinmywheelhouse

What a buzz kill


pianomasian

For once I’m glad I’ve had nothing but old beater hand-me-downs my entire life. That new car smell is something I’ve rarely experienced.