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Laser Printers Could Cause Lung Damage

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Office laser printers could pose a serious health risk, experts warned yesterday.

They could damage lungs as much as smoke from cigarettes, said the team of Australian scientists. Their probe into dozens of laser printers found nearly a third emit potentially dangerous levels of toner into the air. These ultra-fine particles can enter the lungs and cause lasting damage. Experts are now calling for printers to come with a health warning. The study - published in a US science journal - was carried out at the Queensland University of Technology. Prof Lidia Morawska said: "Effects can range from respiratory irritation to severe illness such as cardiovascular problems or cancer."

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