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Office laser printers are as unhealthy as cigarettes, according to an Australian professor who is now calling for regulations to limit printer emissions.Office workers who are breathing easy since smoking was banned in public places in the UK can start worrying again, according to research from the Queensland University of Technology’s Air Quality and Health Program, led by physics professor Lidia Morawska.The average printer releases toner particles which can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems and cardiovascular trouble, said Morawska’s team, part of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, and specialists in atmospheric particles.The team tested 62 laser printer models – all relatively new – and found that 17 of them were “high emitters” of toner particles. Despite using similar technology, office photocopiers do not emit particles, they found. The particles have not had a full chemical analysis but some are potential carcinogens, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Several of the high emitters were HP LaserJet models, such as the 1320 and 4250, although eight HP LaserJet 4050 series printers were shown to have no emissions, according to reports.
After smoking in designated areas, it’ll be printing in designated areas. It is not something one should be flippant about. I