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Will laser printers be banned from nightclubs?


I quit smoking almost three years ago, and quite a few states in the U.S. have enacted smoking bans in various places of business, but now research says even cute little laser printers can kill 'ya! Check out the News.com article: "Study: Laser printers may pose health risks."

Here's a snippet from the article:

Emissions from office laser printers can be as unhealthy as cigarette smoke, according to an Australian professor who is now calling for regulations to limit printer emissions.

The average printer releases toner particles that can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems and cardiovascular trouble.... The team tested 62 laser printer models--all relatively new--and found that 17 of them were "high emitters" of toner particles.

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What will businesses do with all of those laser printers if regulations are swiftly put into place? This has to be a hard hit for the printing industry. Come to think of it, with the recent emphasis on "green," I don't think it will be long before patrons are forbidden to bring their laser printers into restaurants, nightclubs, and airports.

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10 comments
aana.edwards
aana.edwards

Research says laser printers have many health hazards. So it should be banned from nightclubs.

Dukhalion
Dukhalion

...that it is printers that have caused all lungcancers, not cigarettes. That's why people smoking filtered cigarettes are much healthier than others. It filters out the dangerous printerparticles. ;-)

JohnOfStony
JohnOfStony

When I saw the headline, I thought the article would be about ozone emissions, ozone being a poisonous gas generated by high voltage discharges as found in laser printers and photo copiers. Ozone is the smell often associated with these devices. Is it at such a low level that it's not dangerous or is this another hazard of our high-tech life? Maybe we should all switch to inkjets, but what about the evaporating solvent as the ink dries? It's impossible to eliminate risk from life, so lets adopt a sensible approach and minimise it, rather than knee-jerk reactions at any scary news headline.

meryllogue
meryllogue

Keep your knees DOWN, I say. Knee-jerk reaction? You mean I should just go ahead and keep bringing my printer to the club with me?

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

I'm more interested in WHICH models are the polluters. The article said that a good number of them emitted ZERO particulates. And said that the exact model names would not be made available till later.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

However I did not see a 'zero' just a very low amount. It may also be printers that are outdated and still in use. The LJ5 series (mentioned) should be replaced anyway. If they did studies on LJ III and 4, I bet these would be high polluters as well, as after a print job, you can 'smell' that it was recently used.

gherreram
gherreram

Good things in life are either illegal, immoral. unhealthy, or fattening

Neil Higgins
Neil Higgins

they are noisy,thirsty,and damn expensive.They never buy a round of drinks.Scrap them all,I say.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I cannot count the number of times I taken a fancy young laser printer to bar, bought it two or three rounds of toner, and then watched as it left with someone else with Firewire and an extended service contract. I wind up leaving with some old dot-matrix who invariably leaves a tangled ribbon under my bed the next morning.

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