More Americans are avoiding scented areas

More Americans are avoiding scented areasA new survey reveals that more and more Americans are avoiding scented areas, such as hotels or stores. They are turning away from scented products, too, including candles, air fresheners, and soaps.

Roughly one-third of Americans experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and breathing difficulties as a result of exposure to scented products.


The survey of over 1,100 Americans found that 20 percent of Americans will leave a business place if they smell something scented.

Lead researcher Anne Steinemann explained, “What I found was that half the reports of adverse health effects could be considered potentially disabling. That’s astounding, since more than 99 percent of the population is exposed to these fragrances regularly.”

“I call it secondhand scent. But unlike cigarette smoke, which is one distinct product, this is much more pervasive. Fragrances are everywhere, in hundreds of different products, so it’s a huge problem that’s just exploding,” she added.

Studies have shown that many fragrant products, even those labeled organic, can emit hazardous air pollutants.
Of the survey, 35 percent reported symptoms when exposed to fragrances. The most common complaint among the respondents was breathing difficulties. Other reported symptoms included migraines, nasal congestion and sneezing, skin problems, asthma attacks, as well as difficulty thinking, concentrating, or remembering.

Steinemann added, “I see a trend with scent branding and more apartments, hotels, airports, and other places going toward fragrancing their air. However, as my study found, more people would prefer the opposite — no fragranced air.”

The researchers suggest that U.S. laws should mandate the listing of all ingredients in fragranced products.

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.


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