Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Energy saving bulbs can cause cancer

Updated on : Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BERLIN: Energy saving bulbs may help cut down electricity bill, but it can take a toll on health.
Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of scientists warned that they contain cancer-causing chemicals. Their study has found that these energy saving bulbs emit cancer-causing chemicals when switched on.

Scientists in Germany have claimed that energy saving bulbs should not be left on for long periods of time or placed close to a person's head because they release poisonous materials.

The German study has shown that the chemicals are released as a form of steam. Scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene.

1 comment:

  1. No authoritative or regulatory body anywhere in the world classifies styrene to be a known cause of human cancer. Moreover, a study conducted by a "blue ribbon" panel of epidemiologists and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (November 2009) reports: "The evidence of human carcinogenicity of styrene is inconsistent and weak. On the basis of the available evidence, one cannot conclude that there is a causal relationship between styrene and any type of human cancer."

    Priscilla Briones for the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC), Arlington, Virginia. SIRC (www.styrene.org) is a trade association representing interests of the North American styrene industry with its mission being the collection, development, analysis and communication of pertinent information on styrene.

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