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Parliamentary questions
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27 March 2017
Question for written answer E-002074-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ENF)

 Subject:  Dangers of blue light
 Answer in writing 

European citizens spend an average of seven hours per day in front of a screen, not including using mobile telephones. For several years, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) have been sneaking into smartphones, televisions and computers. They consume little electricity and they emit a strong light.

Yet a lot contain a significant portion of blue light which can pose health risks. Blue light is a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It causes sleep problems and disrupts sleep cycles and it can contribute to the development of cataracts. It is even more dangerous for young people, and those younger than 14 years old in particular, because the lens lets more blue light filter through.

What measures can the Commission take with Member States to raise awareness of the risks of blue light and to initiate research into solutions for combating these dangers?

Original language of question: FR 
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