02 Jan '12, 10am

Can air fresheners make you sick? @Umbra clears the air:

Can air fresheners make you sick? @Umbra clears the air:

There seem to be more and more automatic air fresheners in public and office restrooms. The data say that they cause respiratory, digestive, and eye irritation. Asthmatics seem to feel the worst, so how do we cope with not being able to use the restroom without having to use inhalers afterwards? Do home air fresheners do the same thing? Are there any moves to have warnings? Sherry H. Portsmouth, N.H. Say it: "Don't spray it." A. Dearest Sherry, Let's get the New Year off to a fresh start by tackling this sickening situation. In public spaces across the country, including offices, stores, restaurants, airports, and schools, air "freshener" is being forced upon us. Daily we are subjected to known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other toxic substances. Sounds like a horror film, but it is our scentsational reality. We've talked before about the hazards inherent in air ...

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