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Could a widespread fragrance ban happen?

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Yesterday I reported on a group of students at Stanislaus State College, California, who are campaigning for a campus ban on fragrances. That story can be read here:

Student Group Pushes for Fragrance Ban on College Campus

As I mentioned in that story,

this group of students hasn't managed to have the ban instituted just yet but other colleges and universities do have such bans.


Discovering all this got me interested so I did a little research online and came up with more information about fragrance bans being put in place. It seems a handful of cities and regions in North America have some form of policy aimed at alerting the public to the potential health dangers associated with fragranced products or restricting their use in public places.

Marin County, California has introduced a voluntary "ban" on scents in public areas. In Canada; Halifax, Nova Scotia, has hit the headlines over the past few years due to its banning of deodorant, herbal shampoos, perfumes, and other scented products in most indoor public places, including local government offices, libraries, hospitals, classrooms, courts, and public transport. City officials in Ottawa have also debated whether to bring in a blanket ban on fragrances after a public education campaign.

Most of these actions have stemmed from concerns over fragranced products triggering asthma attacks and affecting the growing number of people who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).

This all got me wondering whether widespread bans could become the norm as they have with smoking in recent years. As someone who has suffered from chemical sensitivities myself, I would of course welcome a ban. I'm not so sure that I'd be so receptive if I hadn't been affected in this way by fragrances which makes me wonder if large scale bans could happen. I think people in general still see fragrances as must have luxury products to be enjoyed and few realize they might be causing misery for a growing minority of people.

What do you think about this issue? Can you see widespread bans on fragrances in public places becoming a reality within say, the next 10 years?


Could a widespread fragrance ban happen?Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)


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  • Hi Morganna,

    Thank you very much for posting your comment. It is great that you are aware of the potential health dangers of man-made scents at such a young age and we're very happy to see you on this website :)

    Maybe you can point out the dangers to your school teachers and make a difference at your own school.

    Comment last edited on about 5 years ago by Maff
  • I would love to see fragrances banned from public places. Breathing is an essential part of life, and I believe those of us who have sensitivities have just as much of a right to be out in public as anyone else does.

    The individual above asks "what right do you have to limit the choices and actions of someone else?" That could also be turned around to ask, what gives those of you who wear perfume & other fragrances that are toxic and make others severly ill? I would also ask you to do some research into the toxic chemicals you wear that also effect your health. This is found on this site under multiple chemical sensitivity:

    Perfume - According to a 1986 report by the Committee on Science & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, 95% of chemicals in perfumes and fragranced products are synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum. Some of the major perfume ingredients include benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, a-pinene, g-terpinene and a-terpineol. All of these chemicals are known to have negative health consequences, mainly due to effects on the central nervous system.

    Most blogs I am a part of ask the users not to attack each other. This is my first time looking a this blog, and I'm rather disappointed. :(

    Comment last edited on about 5 years ago by Maff
  • Hi there again. Well, I can see a ban as there are more and more effected. And, I feel there will be. So, yeah, I see it in the future. I have even noticed on the internet more and more references to household chemical cleaners coming under fire regarding the toxic levels in them. I just saw another article regarding air fresheners and the toxic levels in them. The "word" is getting out there. And, there will be more people effected as time goes on. So, I see it happening. Don't know how long it will take, but I think it will happen.


    Comment last edited on about 5 years ago by Maff

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