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Laser Printers Can Be Dangerous

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- People at work might have something else to worry about and it has nothing to do with their bosses.

New research says that the toner inside your laser printer could be as dangerous as cigarettes. A Queensland University study says that the toner can emit small particles that can easily get into your lungs and cause a variety of breathing problems and illnesses.

The study says that how close and how long you sit next to the printer have everything to do with how much harm is being done to your health.

Improving your office's ventilation and moving the printer farther away are things you can do to limit your exposure to the particles. Researchers say more research must be done to show exacly which printers emit the particles.