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EFA: Perfumes in public places affect people with allergies, asthma and COPD

The summer edition of Oasis Allergies, the quarterly publication of AFPRAL (France) and FPA (Belgium-GDL), is partly dedicated to the growing problem of reaction to perfumes.

There was strong approval amongst the members of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients´ Association (EFA) that the growing use of strong "ambiance perfumes" in public areas should be stopped as it is a real problem for many people with asthma and COPD or multiple chemical sensitivity (e.g. skin allergies, headaches).

In order to improve the situation for all sufferers, EFA ask to consider the following proposals:

  • Prohibit the diffusion of "ambiance perfumes" in public places and also the "scent marketing". In any case, the use of "fragrances enhancer" should be mentioned on the label;
  • Ventilate all work places to protect cleaning personnel and to provide them with information to reduce residual perfumes of cleaning products and;
  • Develop scientific research on the subject and try to understand the consequences of this phenomena for asthma sufferers.

Originally posted on 7 October 2013

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