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Computer Printers and Your Lungs

I found this news about computer printers emitting fumes that are damaging to the lungs just incredible. I added a question about it to a quiz: Your Lungs: Cigarettes, Marijuana & Office Equipment and More. Yes, I found this worthy of a full post since so many of us work in an office and use computer printers regularly.

A team of Australian scientists tested 60 laser printers and found that almost 1/3 of them emit potentially dangerous levels of toner particles into the air. The particles are so small that you can inhale them into your lungs, which as you would imagine, can cause a slew of health and respiratory problems. They found that the problem worsened when printing out graphics, or when new cartridges were used. Yikes! New does not equal cleaner, in this case.

The researchers feel that laser printers should come with a health warning. They are urging governments to regulate air quality in offices, but you can do something too. If you work in an office with laser printers, be sure to keep the area well ventilated so particles can disperse easily.


Join The Conversation
Green Green 10 years
Hey- that's crazy.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I never thought about my printer being dangerous for my health. Everything does seem to cause cancer these days.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
Geez, who knew. I guess it is true that everything really causes cancer!
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