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Lead poisoning

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Lead is a metal which is found in many products and many places where people live and work. If lead gets into the body it can cause many long term health problems. Lead can affect the health of anybody, but some people, especially young children, are more at risk than others.

For information about lead exposure and lead poisoning have a look at these fact sheets:

Lead pencils 

  • There is no lead in 'lead' pencils.
  • The part of a 'lead' pencil that causes a mark is made of graphite, which is a form of carbon and does not cause any health problems.
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