Coalition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogenmonoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

Dihydrogen monoxide is also known as hydric acid, and is the major component of acid rain. It:


Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. In the midwest alone DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical. Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!


The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its "importance to the economic health of this nation." In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.


Act NOW to prevent further contamination. Find out more about this dangerous chemical. What you don't know CAN hurt you and others throughout the world.

For more information on this dreaded substance, visit Dihydrogen Monoxide - DHMO Homepage.

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Report: 101400
Title: Survey to ban DHMO
Organization: Claudia Landeen School
Stockton, California Researchers: Errol Reilly Date: October 6-13, 2000 Results: Student survey conducted over one week period, gathered opinions from a varied sample of subjects, distributed as f ollows: 90% over age 18, 10% under age 18. Survey questions were designed by student researchers, and all polling was conducted by these reseearchers.

Questionaire responses are:

Total people surveyed 228 100%
Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide 224 98.3%
Do not ban Dihydrogen Monoxide 3 1.3%
Undecided about ban 1 0.4%

Report: 90700
Title: Notre Dame DHMO Study
Organization: General Chemistry class
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
Researchers: Jerry T. Godbout, Ph.D.
Steve Carroll
Date: September 2000
Survey conducted as part of Gen Chem 1 class at the University of Notre Dame, revealed that a general ban of DHMO is supported by a majority of students.

After hearing about Dihydrogen Monoxide, including performing online research, respondents were asked whether or not they would support a ban of DHMO. The results of the survey are:

Should Dihydrogen Monoxide be banned? Fall 2000
Support ban of DHMO 59%
Against ban of DHMO 41%
Undecided or no opinion 0%

A previous Notre Dame study conducted as part of a Gen Chem 2 class in Spring 2000, resulted in the following opinions:

Should Dihydrogen Monoxide be banned? Spring 2000
Support ban of DHMO 86%
Against ban of DHMO 14%
Undecided or no opinion 0%

Survey conditions were informal, and further follow-up studies are planned.

Report: 90399
Title: WGNU Dihydrogen Monoxide Web Poll
Organization: WGNU Radio, All-Talk 920 AM
St. Louis, Missouri
Researchers: Nick Kasoff
Date: September 1999
Responses to this online web poll being conducted by Nick Kasoff and talk radio station WGNU (920 AM) in St. Louis, Missouri are still being collected. Participation is NOT limited to those in the WGNU listening area, and is an excellent chance for all concerned citizens to take a few moments to let their opinions be heard.

To take part in the poll, visit the WGNU Current Web Poll at:

The poll states the following:

"Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all forms of cancer, is a major component of acid rain, can be fatal if inhaled, and causes severe burns in gaseous form."

Respondents are then asked to select from the following four opinions:
I think that:
Congress should act to ban it now. in progress
President Clinton should issue an executive order to control this substance. in progress
The UN should work to control international trafficking in this substance. in progress
What people do with this in their private life is their own business. in progress
Total people surveyed in progress

Note that no figures are currently available for results thus far collected, but will be presented here upon completion of the survey.

Report: 71399
Title: Campaign to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide in Chemistry Laboratories
Organization: The High School of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland
Researchers: Bobby Dickson, Guy Sanderson, Margaret White, Tracy Hickman, David Cooper, Lee Dickson
Date: March/April 1999
This campaign collected 341 signatures calling for a full ban on the use of Dihydrogen Monoxide in the school's chemistry laboratories. In certain groups, 64% signed the petition without a second thought, whereas in another group, nearly 61% were actually against the ban.

Some notable results of the campaign are:

* 45% of the teachers polled were in favor of the ban, although those asked to fill in questionnaire were less likely than those surveyed verbally to be in favor of the ban.
* The parent of one pupil felt strongly enough about the matter to write a letter supporting the ban, not wanting her child or anyone else's children to be exposed to the harmful substance.
* 12-18 year-old female students were most likely to "stand up for their rights" and sign the petition, among those surveyed.

Overall, the researchers found that easily 50% of those polled where swayed, at least initially, by previous opinions gathered.

Report: 031599
Title: Petition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide
Organization: Fischer & Associates
Researchers: Robert Fischer
Date: March 1999
This on-going online petition collected over 50 signatures in short time. The web-based petition describes a number of the potential dangers and damaging properties of Dihydrogen Monoxide. The sit e offers an easy fill-in form interface to register your support. Currently, no statistics are kept for opposing views.

The petition is still actively accepting virtual signatures at:

Report: 120598
Title: Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide Petition
Organization: Leyada - Hebrew University Secondary School
Researchers: Nir Soffer
Date: October 1998
This online petition has gathered a total of 205 responses. The results may provide insight into the Israeli perspective on the Dihydrogen Monoxide debate. Most notably, a majority (54%) are again st a ban of DHMO, in contrast to the typical result in the U.S. of a significant majority (over 80%) being in favor of a ban. These results could indicate a different level of knowledge about Dihy drogen Monoxide in Israel, or it could mean that public perception there is that Dihydrogen Monoxide is less of a danger. It is known that there are areas of Israel that have relatively low levels of DHMO.

The petition lists 16 consequences or dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide, providing participants with three choices of a response:

Total people surveyed 205
Signed in favor of ban of DHMO 85
Against ban of DHMO 110
Undecided or no opinion 10

Although the petition is still available online, it is not currently accepting additional signatures:

Report: 101298
Title: Should Dihydrogen Monoxide be Banned?
Organization: Chatham, Ontario
Researchers: Chatham Residents
Date: September 1998
This follow-up to the pilot study compared results of a small sample (50) of Canadian residents with early results from the U.S. Researchers conducted a door-to-door survey, providing the followin g information to each:

Dihydrogen Monoxide is found in all forms of cancer,
it is a major component of acid rain, if it is inhaled
in its natural state it is often fatal, in gaseous form
it causes severe burns.

Those in favor of a ban were asked to sign a petition. Survey results are:

Total people surveyed 50
Signed in favor of ban of DHMO 44
Against ban of DHMO 5
Refused to sign petition 1

These results may suggest that the Canadian population is similarly inclined to be wary of DHMO as the U.S. population is. This study suggests that more research is warranted.

Report: 060198
Title: In Support of a Ban of DHMO
Organization: Eagle Rock Junior High School
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Researchers: Nathan Zohner
Date: April 1998
This pilot survey was conducted to test possible public support of a ban on DHMO. Participants were provided with a short list of the harmful nature of DHMO. Signers of a petition were in favor of strict control or total elimination of this chemical. Petition statistics break down as follows:

Total people surveyed 50
In favor of ban of DHMO 43
Against ban of DHMO 1
Uncommitted 6

Results indicate strong public support may be likely in favor of a ban of DHMO, and more extensive polling should be conducted to raise public awareness.

For those of you who have read this far, THIS LINK is what Snopes, the Urban Legends References Pages, has to say about one of the studies