Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Fragrance Free Schools? Axe Might Get The Axe In Minnesota

Legislating personal hygiene?
A Minnesota legislator is suggesting just that.
A Minnesota lawmaker proposed a bill Monday urging a fragrance-free educational campaign to discourage students from dousing themselves in scents that aggravate classmates with asthma and other health problems.

Odors that fill hallways come mostly from boys who douse themselves in body sprays like Axe, said Mikolai Altenberg, a senior at Minneapolis South High School. He said the smell is "indescribable" and unavoidable.

"You can smell it from 10 feet away," Altenberg said. "Mostly it's just guys who just think that putting Axe all over them is a substitute for showering."

Rep. Karen Clark, a Democrat, first proposed banning fragrances in Minneapolis schools, one of the state's largest school districts. The bill she introduced Monday scales that back to an awareness campaign in Minneapolis and in other districts that volunteer. The campaign could include letters to parents, fact sheets, signs in schools, e-mail and Web sites.

Do these high schools really want teens to ban the "Axe" and go "au natural"?
(Just don't go near them after gym class.)
To show you how old I am, the guys choice "back in the day" was "Old Spice" or "Canoe".
and the girls wore musk oil or patchouli.... But I digress....

Apparently it's a problem for some kids who have allergies to fragrances... seems I recall a similar problem in the workplace...

but really now...
I can't imagine high school teens all awash in their "peer group thing" allowing themselves to be told what to smell like, especially by the state legislature.
Apparently this legislator has no greater priorities from her constituents.
And yeah, yeah, yeah... I know the allergy thing can be a problem... but should we legislate this type of thing? and why is it a whole population has to change their ways to accommodate one or two people? I mean, maybe the kids can be asked to "tone it down" with the after shave and stuff, but to outright ban it?

I smell a teen revolution coming on over this one.
Personally, I think most school buildings need a good "airing out" anyway.

Yet another reason to homeschool.

Read more here - and perhaps a different opinion from a blogger at Advanceweb for managers of respiratory care.


Irdial said...

I heard a rumor saying that the REAL reason they want to ban this brand in particular, is that school children kept pulling out the deodorant when the teacher asked them to do something, or asked them a question.

Think about it.

David Williams said...

I think the kids should be away from the scents. Even the school should take care of it. When the children are discouraged then there might be reduction in asthma,which grows fast in the kids.

Vanessa said...

I believe the kids should be kept away from the perfumes. Even the school should take be concerned of it. When the kids are dejected then there may be decrease in asthma, which grows quick in the children.

a.b. said...

This is a much more serious problem than people recognize. While I agree that it is difficult to legislate personal habits, it is essential to treat every disability with the same amount of care, whether it's banning peanuts from airlines and schools when someone has an allergy, or asking students to refrain when someone at a school suffers from one of these chemical sensitivity disorders.

I would know. I was told by my high school that there was nothing they could do, they wouldn't even ask the students to limit their use, even though exposure would cause me migraines or transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes). I went from an honors student to being in the class for "problem kids." Luckily California gave me the option of taking a proficiency exam so that I could graduate and go to college, which I successfully completed with the support of the disability resource center.

It's truly unfortunate that some people have to rely on the good will of other people to maintain their health. And I do feel that it is sad when we think it's bad to accommodate the one or two people who need your assistance and support. In many aspects, it's the "we will only cater to the common denominator" attitude that ends up leaving most of our students out in the cold.

Anonymous said...

It is imperative that people understand the negative side effects of 'fragrances' and all the other toxic chemicals that make up our perfumes, colognes, laundry detergents, even soaps, hairspray and shampoos are common triggers for many. It is EVERYONES right to breathe fresh, CLEAN air. If that means that someone else has to stop using the carcinogenic concoctions they call body sprays and perfumes, then so be it. The fragrance industry--including any industry that uses fragrance IN their product (laundry detergents and fabric softeners included)--should be regulated but they are not. I say Axe should get the AXE, and any publicly funded institution, like our public schools should be fragrasnce & chemical free. HOSPITALS, MEDICAL PERSONNEL AND EMTs, AS WELL AS PHYSICIANS OFFICES SHOULD ALSO FOLLOW THE FRAGRANCE & CHEMICAL FREE RULE.

TurtleOak said...

I have to disagree with you this time. Scented items are toxic and to possibly as much as 15% of the population they cause serious health problems. We are all in this planet together and I feel strongly that we need to stop being selfish - if selfish means one person desire to smell a certain causes harm to another person - that is selfish.

Just like in spending money, we have to evaluate the difference between wants and needs and act accordingly.