Have used gallons of creosote over the years, practically bathed in
the stuff when I spilt a container of it over my lower half! I tried
everywhere and eventually gave up and bought the new alternative, I am
no expert on the stuff but the new alternative seems to be just as bad
for humans(?) as the original, it 'stings' the skin and smells like
the original, the container warns of toxic chemicals in the stuff, is
it a case of abandoning one type because the law changed and replacing
it with one just as bad(?) because it is not banned? Any experts like
to comment on this issue?
I'm no expert but I did do a toxicology degree so I've learnt a bit about
carcinogens and that bit is that hydrocarbons, phenols and the like all tend
to be unpleasant with a long enough exposure. For example it is not unusual
for mechanics to get skin cancers in the groin area from stuffing oily rags
into their pockets.
So I would suggest that both old and 'new' creosote are a bit grim but as
long as you don't bath in it every day you'll probably be okay. I would
advise aginst drinking it though.....
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