The use of motor vehicle exhaust for suicide and the availability of cars

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1989 Mar;79(3):238-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1989.tb10251.x.


A study of the states of the United States showed that suicide rates using car exhaust were lower in states that had lower rates of car ownership, a greater proportion of the population living in non-urban areas and that were further north. The implications of these results for a public health approach to suicide prevention are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Automobiles / supply & distribution*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Suicide / epidemiology*
  • Suicide Prevention
  • United States
  • Vehicle Emissions / poisoning*


  • Vehicle Emissions