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Camphor is used in the preparation of mothballs. It acts as a plasticizer for nitrocellulose, and an ingredient for fireworks and explosive munitions. It is useful in the treatment of sprains, swellings and inflammation. It is also used to synthesize carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition process of camphor.
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Hazard Statements: H228-H302-H315-H319
Flammable solid. Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P280g-P305+P351+P338-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Wear protective gloves. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.