New Hampshire May Ban Perfume for State EmployeesState employees in New Hampshire who douse themselves in Chanel before heading into the office may be in for a shock. If New Hampshire’s House Bill 1444 passes, state employees would be banned from spritzing their favorite perfumes during the work week, the Union Leader reports.
This seems rather silly. After all, getting a whiff of perfume isn't a health issue.
“It may seem silly, but it’s a health issue,” Michele Peckham, the state representative sponsoring the bill, told the Union Leader.
I stand corrected. It's just that Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (for that is the 'health issue') is a load of old cobblers (more details at Quackwatch).
“Many people have violent reactions to strong scents.”
Maybe they do, maybe they don't. Maybe they associate fragrances with 'man-made chemicals' and maybe they have a psychological problem. Whatever the source of the problem, it is not one that has any grounding in science.
Susan McBride, a constituent with a sensitive nose, started the conversation about banning offensive scents in the workplace back in 2008 when she sued the city of Detroit, claiming that the scent made it tough to breathe, thus keeping her from doing her job, Yahoo! Shine reports.
Readers of Velvet Glove, Iron Fist might remember this lady. She's nuts.
The city awarded McBride $100,000 and a city ordinance against scented body products.
More fool them. Now they've opened the floodgates to every hypochondriac, tree-hugger and chemophobe in the USA.
Expect this one to run and run. After all, it's new secondhand smoke...