Though concern has been raised over both the radiation and mercury content of CFL bulbs, there is no scientific evidence to date that these bulbs cause cancer. The British Health Protection Agency recently cautioned that being within one foot of certain bulbs for an hour or more could cause some temporary reddening of the skin, but claimed no link to cancer. Using bulbs with encased coils solves this problem. Proper disposal of old bulbs — they are considered hazardous waste and should not be put into ordinary trash bins — also protects against any mercury exposure, though the amount of mercury contained in each bulb is minimal.
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