Just when you thought that your office anti-smoking policy cleared the air in the workplace, a new study by Australian scientists suggests "not so fast."
Surveying numerous laser printers, the researchers discovered that approximately thirty percent release "dangerous" levels of very small toner-type material.
The particles are small enough (described as "ultra fine") that they can penetrate deep into the lung’s alveoli and create damage similar to the damage seen in inhaled cigarettes.
Of the 62 machines tested at the University of Queensland, 17 were classified as "high particle emitters."
Source: American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science and Technology Journal