Yes, even though lead has been banned from paint, there are still many harmful chemicals in paint that can harm both humans as well as the environment. Many paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds, which are dangerous to human health and include known carcinogens and formaldehyde, and are released as paint fumes from a freshly painted surface.
Paint mixtures still do contain harmful ingredients other than lead, usually in the form of chemicals that when airborne form Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). Some of the chemicals commonly found in household paints include benzene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl. These chemicals contribute to the distinctive smell of paint, and are also harmful to the body from eye and skin irritation to lung and kidney damage from prolonged levels of exposure to high VOC levels. Non toxic or low VOC paints are available, however, to combat these problems.
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