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Laser printer: alarming results through research. The research initiative of the international nanoControl foundation claims that emissions from laser printers destroy the DNA of human lung cells after only 60 minutes. That could be a cause of cancer. Every eighth registered service technician is said to be suffering from cancer and toner particles in the lung cells of a service technician who has died from cancer. According to a survey among registered victims, one in five of them became unable to work. According to the EU Commission, 288,000 people die of fine dust in Europe every year.
(April 25, 2010) The research initiative of the international nanoControl foundation has found out that emissions from laser printers destroy the DNA of human lung cells after only 60 minutes. That can be a cause of cancer. Every eighth registered service technician has cancer and one of the service technicians who has died from cancer has detected the toner particles in the lung cells. According to the EU Commission, 288,000 people die of fine dust in Europe every year.

The discussion about laser printers doesn't stop. It has been clear for some years that nanoparticles, fine dust and other dangerous pollutants can pollute the indoor air. This was demonstrated, for example, in 2006 by the so-called toner study. Measurements by Hamburg's fine dust specialists showed higher levels of fine dust from a laser printer than in Hamburg's most heavily used street.

Now the international foundation nano-Control points out that the emissions are even more dangerous than previously thought. nano-Control is an initiative by those affected, which has been informing about dangers since 2008 and fighting for the reduction of health burdens from the devices. As part of its research initiative, the foundation had organized and financed investigations at institutes in Essen, Hamburg and Freiburg and, according to its own statements, largely. As a result, according to the nano-Control, the institutes found that emissions from laser printers after just half an hour led to typical and in part sustained inflammation of the respiratory tract and cell-damaging oxidative stress. According to Nano Control, "emissions from laser printers of the Kyocera and Hewlett-Packard brands should destroy the DNA of human lung cells," says the initiative. The small particles of the toner could be detected in the lymph nodes, the lung cells and even in the abdominal cavity.

The foundation registered almost 2,500 cases of victims. According to a survey, every fifth person affected has become unable to work and every eighth registered service technician has cancer. In addition to health reasons, economic reasons are also a component of exposure to laser printers. nano-Control further points out that the manufacturers of the devices still refer to the high product safety, but still do not install any filters and the toners are still contaminated with "heavy metals, PAHs, ultra-toxic substances such as DBT and TBT and VOC". The “Blue Angel” eco-label is therefore not a safe guarantee when buying a device because it does not include “relevant emissions and, above all, the effects” and is not controlled. Modern inkjet devices have long been a low-emission, powerful and cost-effective alternative. In addition, the electricity and material consumption of these devices is lower. It is piquant that despite these findings, the German Bundestag wants to purchase 850 new laser printers and 730 fax machines. (TF)

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