Studies show that Cadmium has negative effects on Ca²⁺ATPase in the brain, red blood cells, arteries, liver, kidney, and testes.
Avoid buying young children jewelry and keep adult jewelry out of reach.
The greatest potential for exposure comes from swallowing a jewelry piece. However, exposure also occurs from repeated biting, sucking, or mouthing the jewelry piece or from frequent handling.
Warn teenagers not to put costume jewelry in mouth.
Costume jewelry from chains such as Aldo’s have tested positive for excessive levels of cadmium.
Cigarette smoke contains cadmium that can be absorbed through the lungs.
Avoid second hand cigarette smoke
If your job or hobbies...
involve handling cadmium, (for example working in a battery plant or hobbies that involve welding), always use appropriate personal protective equipment and consider having your cadmium levels checked regularly by your doctor.
Do your part to reduce cadmium in the environment
Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries used in mobile phones, cordless tools, laptop computers and digital cameras contain cadmium. These batteries and equipment should be disposed of (and ideally recycled) at appropriate waste disposal sites or retail locations.
In landfills, heavy metals have the potential to leach slowly into soil, groundwater or surface water. Dry cell batteries account for 50 percent of the cadmium in the municipal solid waste stream. When burned, some heavy metals such as cadmium may vaporize and escape into the air.