Volatile organic compounds or VOCs can become airborne at room temperature. There are many types of VOCs and they are in many various home repair items not just in laminate.
VOCs can be found in natural sources like plants, as well as man made items like paint and laminate.
VOCs can cause harm to the environment as well as to humans. The amount of these airborne compounds in a room can cause a toxic air quality for humans and pets.
Early health effects from these VOCs are generally irritation to mucus membranes like in the eye, causing nose irritation and throat issues. If fresh air isn't introduced symptoms such as headaches, nausea and loss of coordination may arise.
The real danger is when exposure leads to kidney and liver issues. In some cases exposure may lead to cancer.