Since the 1990s acrylic paints had been widely regarded as 'safe' and 'nontoxic', and the paint industry eagerly perpetuated such sentiments.
Increasingly, experts agree that acrylics should not be regarded as nontoxic, for a number of reasons, and certainly acrylics should not be used by kids.
Kids frequently have hand and skin contact when using paint, and skin contact is thought to be the main entry route for acrylic toxins.
The main toxic effects of MMA exposure appear to involve the cardiovascular system. When exposed to MMA in the work environment, surgical staff have been reported to suffer from hypersensitivity, asthmatic reactions, local neurological symptoms, irritations and local dermatological reactions.
As shown on the picture to the right, acrylic paints with fancy names such as 'lemonade' or 'lipgloss' are currently marketed to a target audience of kids and schools
Read more on the hazards of acrylics here:
from acrylic paint products:
(kids paint at a Target department store, 2021)
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