SICK BECAUSE OF A PHOTOCOPIER AND A LASER-PRINTER I wish to let you know of my case as an information for your community and hopefully to raise your concern and feedback. I have suffered a devastating respiratory condition due to the vapours released by a photocopier and a laser printer in my office job. It was diagnosed as bronchial hyperreactivity and multiple chemical sensitivity, which means I cannot stand any chemical in the air, including perfumes and airfresheners which are now most offensive for me. My illness has not been officially acknowledged as of occupational origin although there are more similar cases around the world usually misdiagnosed as psychosomatic or anything unrelated to an exposure to noxious gases. Although there are plenty of studies about the risks from these machines (see medline or toxnet for a reliable database) there are influential interests hindering the open release of information concerning persons actually going ill because of these office machines. I try to spread this information in order to warn users to keep away from machines which might smell strongly or release dust. And if anyone knows of other cases of persons suffering obscure symptoms and syndromes never well understood who might have been breathing the concentrated vapours of these machines (particularly in the past before they were technically improved to reduce emissions) it would be helpful to leave messages for further comments and follow up. This is a very abridged introduction to a serious health risk which may be affecting an important number of unaware persons, notably women due to the fact that they have less size and less water in their tissues to get rid of noxious substances than big men. If concerned please pass on this information to others.