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San Joaquin County issues warning against eye makeup known as surma, kohl

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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:51 am, Tue Jan 8, 2013.

The San Joaquin County Public Health Services Department is warning that using surma, kohl and kajal around the eyes can lead to lead poisoning and cause brain damage in young children.

According to the health department, using these eye makeup products is a cultural practice in many countries in South and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These products are believed to protect the eyesight and vision, make the eyes more beautiful, or ward off the "evil eye," the department says.

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  • Todd Cronin posted at 12:17 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 143

    People ARE quite stupid Doug,
    would not surprise me in the least
    that they are doing this!!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:16 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Bobcat, you're supposed to apply it to your face to make your eyes more appealing, not like some who snort, inhale or inject it thinking it is a designer drug.

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 8:55 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    99er Posts: 119

    Thank You for this story,although it highlights my Baby Blues and keeps the 'evil eye ' at bay my memory seems to be,,,,my memory seems...my mem.......what was I saying ??



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