ATSDR - Toxic Substances - Toluene
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Toluene

CAS ID #: 108-88-3

Affected Organ Systems: Cardiovascular (Heart and Blood Vessels), Neurological (Nervous System)

Cancer Classification: None

Chemical Classification: Hydrocarbons (contain hydrogen and carbon atoms), Volatile organic compounds

Summary: Toluene is a clear, colorless liquid with a distinctive smell. Toluene occurs naturally in crude oil and in the tolu tree. It is also produced in the process of making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil and making coke from coal. Toluene is used in making paints, paint thinners, fingernail polish, lacquers, adhesives, and rubber and in some printing and leather tanning processes.

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