Imagine if that were to happen?
How many people have peanut allergies?
“In the U.S., approximately three million people report allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Studies show the number of children living with peanut allergy appears to have tripled between 1997 and 2008.”
How many people have fragrance allergies or “sensitivities”?
“30.5% of the general population reported scented products on others irritating, 19% reported adverse health effects from air fresheners, and 10.9% reported irritation by scented laundry products vented outside. This study reveals that a considerable percentage of the U.S. population reports adverse health effects or irritation from fragranced products, with higher percentages among those with asthma and chemical sensitivity.”
~ Caress and Steinemann 2009
The fragrance industry has convinced product manufacturers, medical offices, retailers and everyone in between to add fragrance chemicals to everything, (toys, markers, shoes, bags, personal care, laundry, cleaning products, papers, air filters, foods, pesticides, plastics, clothing, furniture, carpets, pillows, and more) despite knowing that a growing number of people are having adverse health effects from these products, and that their prevalence is forcing people into disabled invisibility.
“This translates to tens of millions of people globally affected by fragrance. Women are disproportionately impacted by fragrance allergies, and the rates in children have been rising dramatically in the last few decades.”
FRAGRANCE was the Allergen of the Year in 2007
“Experts theorize that one reason fragrance allergies appear to be increasing is that fragrances themselves have become such a prominent part of our world. According to the AAD, some 5,000 different fragrances — and countless other fragrance combinations — are used in products today. And they can be a powerful, toxic brew. …
“Being forced to breathe in others’ fragrance choices is a lot like being forced to breathe in secondhand smoke,” Dalton tells WebMD. “It’s a loss of control over your personal environment, and for some it can have serious personal health consequences.” …
For people with MCS, Dalton says sensitivity to one fragrance or odor can snowball into a crippling multiple chemical sensitivity that leaves its victims defenseless in the face of an ever-widening number of chemical odors and fragrances. …
Avoidance is really the most effective treatment, Slankard tells WebMD. …
“One important thing you can do is get other people to recognize that it’s a problem, not only for you, but for everyone who is exposed.”
The fragrance industry has succeeded in getting fragrance chemicals added everywhere, despite knowing so many people are adversely impacted, and that some of the adverse effects take time to manifest, so that many people are unaware of the connections between their failing health and cognitive abilities, and the chemicals in the fragranced products they use.
Schools have scented soaps, air fresheners, hand sanitizers, cleaning products, in addition to all the scented personal care and laundry products people coming to school wear.
Many schools claim they cannot control the products people use, even if they do cause students and teachers to suffer, sometimes permanent disability or death.
What if the peanut industry decided to fight peanut restrictions the same way the fragrance industry has fought against restrictions?
What if they were allowed to pump peanut dust through ventilation systems?
Also, as we continue to see, the pharmaceutical industry has no problem raising the prices of life saving meds so much so as to be out of reach for many people, just to make astronomical profits.
Most often, prevention and avoidance are simply the safest policies.
Maybe it’s time to realize that healthy environments do NOT include allergens and toxic chemicals. People think and function a great deal better in healthy environments. Children need safe and healthy environments, especially if they are to be able to learn anything in schools.
Let’s ensure safe and health environments for all.