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Health and societal effects from exposure to fragranced consumer products

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by hixxy, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. hixxy

    hixxy Senior Member

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    Health and societal effects from exposure to fragranced consumer products

    Anne Steinemann
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.11.011

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    Highlights
    • One-third of the Australian population report adverse health effects from fragranced products.
    • Common effects include respiratory problems, migraine headaches, and asthma attacks.
    • Fragranced products resulted in lost workdays and jobs, and restricted access in society.
    • About twice as many people would prefer fragrance-free rather than fragranced indoor environments
    • Over 70% were not aware that fragranced products emitted hazardous air pollutants.

    Abstract
    Fragranced consumer products—such as air fresheners, cleaning supplies, and personal care products— pervade society. This study investigated the occurrence and types of adverse effects associated with exposure to fragranced products in Australia, and opportunities for prevention. Data were collected in June 2016 using an on-line survey with a representative national sample (n = 1098). Overall, 33% of Australians report health problems, such as migraine headaches and asthma attacks, when exposed to fragranced products. Of these health effects, more than half (17.1%) could be considered disabling under the Australian Disability Discrimination Act. Additionally, 7.7% of Australians have lost workdays or a job due to illness from fragranced product exposure in the workplace, 16.4% reported health problems when exposed to air fresheners or deodorizers, 15.3% from being in a room after it was cleaned with scented products, and 16.7% would enter but then leave a business as quickly as possible due to fragranced products. About twice as many respondents would prefer that workplaces, health care facilities and professionals, hotels, and airplanes were fragrance-free rather than fragranced. While 73.7% were not aware that fragranced products, even ones called green and organic, emitted hazardous air pollutants, 56.3% would not continue to use a product if they knew it did. This is the first study in Australia to assess the extent of adverse effects associated with exposure to common fragranced products. It provides compelling evidence for the importance and value of reducing fragranced product exposure in order to reduce and prevent adverse health effects and costs.

    Keywords
    Fragranced consumer products; Migraines; Asthma; Fragrance-free policies; Indoor air quality

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211335516301449?np=y
     
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  2. taniaaust1

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    I'm wondering if this is the professor doing studies in this field I was on radio with a couple of weeks ago. It was a really good segment and I'm glad I got to talk about my MCS for a very brief time on radio. If it is the same person, the radio presenter said they are going to have her back to talk again on all this.
     
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    IreneF Senior Member

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    How do we know whether the harm is from the fragrances in the products or the products themselves?
     
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    hixxy Senior Member

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    Many fragranced products the fragrance IS the product.
     
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