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Someone posted the following trivia on a social media website the following trivia: "Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through?"

Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through?

This started a small debate, with some saying that the needed volume of air for respiration is too demanding and that the hole is too small, and others just approving of the assertion.

I made a quick search and found an article on iflscience, which is rather ironic about the issue, than it clears the things out. They cite a statement from the BIC's FAQ list that proves at least this didn't randomly start:

The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from completely obstructing the airway if accidently inhaled. This is requested by the international safety standards ISO11540, except for in cases where the cap is considered too large to be a choking hazard.

I imagine choking on a pen cap has more consequences, but I am wondering whether this assertion is true and whether there is any science behind it.

Someone posted on a social website the following trivia: "Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through?" This started a small debate, some saying that the needed volume of air for respiration is too demanding and that the hole is too small, and others just approving of the assertion.

I made a quick search and found an article on iflscience, which is rather ironic about the issue, than it clears the things out. They cite a statement from the BIC's FAQ list that proves at least this didn't randomly start:

The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from completely obstructing the airway if accidently inhaled. This is requested by the international safety standards ISO11540, except for in cases where the cap is considered too large to be a choking hazard.

I imagine choking on a pen cap has more consequences, but I am wondering whether this assertion is true and whether there is any science behind it.

Someone posted the following trivia on a social media website:

Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through?

This started a small debate, with some saying that the needed volume of air for respiration is too demanding and that the hole is too small, and others just approving of the assertion.

I made a quick search and found an article on iflscience, which is rather ironic about the issue, than it clears the things out. They cite a statement from the BIC's FAQ list that proves at least this didn't randomly start:

The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from completely obstructing the airway if accidently inhaled. This is requested by the international safety standards ISO11540, except for in cases where the cap is considered too large to be a choking hazard.

I imagine choking on a pen cap has more consequences, but I am wondering whether this assertion is true and whether there is any science behind it.

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I made a quick search and found an article on iflscience, which is rather ironic about the issue, than it clears the things out. They cite a statement from the BIC's FAQ list that proves at least this didn't randomly start:

The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from completely obstructing the airway if accidently inhaled. This is requested by the international safety standards ISO11540, except for in cases where the cap is considered too large to be a choking hazard.

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Someone posted on a social website the following trivia: "Do you know that the pens caps have holes so if you someone swallows a cap, then the air could still pass through?" This started a small debate, some saying that the needed volume of air for an inspiration is too demanding, so the hole is too small, others just approving the assertion.

I made a quick search and found an article on iflscience, which is rather ironic about the issue, than it clears the things out. They cite a statement from the BIC's FAQ list that proves at least this didn't randomly start:

The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from completely obstructing the airway if accidently inhaled. This is requested by the international safety standards ISO11540, except for in cases where the cap is considered too large to be a choking hazard.

I imagine chocking a cap has more consequences, but I wonder if this assertion is true and if there is any science behind it.

Someone posted on a social website the following trivia: "Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through?" This started a small debate, some saying that the needed volume of air for respiration is too demanding and that the hole is too small, and others just approving of the assertion.

I made a quick search and found an article on iflscience, which is rather ironic about the issue, than it clears the things out. They cite a statement from the BIC's FAQ list that proves at least this didn't randomly start:

The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from completely obstructing the airway if accidently inhaled. This is requested by the international safety standards ISO11540, except for in cases where the cap is considered too large to be a choking hazard.

I imagine choking on a pen cap has more consequences, but I am wondering whether this assertion is true and whether there is any science behind it.

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