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Welcome to My Fragrance-Free Workplaces Blog

Smoking disappeared from public places not only because state legislatures or city governments banned it, but because a rising tide of people began to argue that secondhand smoke was damaging the health of millions of people. I’m convinced that within a few years the use of fragrances in all forms will almost disappear from the … Continue reading Welcome to My Fragrance-Free Workplaces Blog

Film Titled “Stink” Explores Issues with Synthetic Fragrance Ingredients and Other Toxic Chemicals

  The first video below is a short trailer for the 2015 movie Stink that is an outstanding presentation of key issues concerning fragranced products that will make you want to order the film from Netflix. The second film, an interview with Director Jon Whelan, is an interesting look behind the scenes of making a documentary … Continue reading Film Titled “Stink” Explores Issues with Synthetic Fragrance Ingredients and Other Toxic Chemicals

A Coal-Fired Power Plant Closes in Holyoke, Massachusetts

The Toxics Action Center of Massachusetts just sent me a fundraising appeal containing the following excellent six-minute video about an old coal-fired power plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Given the amount of soot the plant was belching into the surrounding area until it was finally closed, it's hardly surprising that the incidence of asthma in Holyoke … Continue reading A Coal-Fired Power Plant Closes in Holyoke, Massachusetts

Living in a Prison with Fragrance Sensitivity

  Over the decades during which I've been gathering information on multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and fragrance sensitivity issues, a most unusual case came to my attention via a hand-printed letter from a man named Kemp Horton, who has been a prisoner in the Arizona State Penitentiary since 2002.  In his rambling letter covering several … Continue reading Living in a Prison with Fragrance Sensitivity

Losing a Job Because of Fragrances: Deanna’s Story

  I have lost my job of fifteen years because of fragrance in the workplace. I worked for a financial institution that claimed to have a fragrance-free policy, but their policy was not enforced, even though they would send emails requesting coworkers to be considerate of others when using fragrance. Here is an example: Good … Continue reading Losing a Job Because of Fragrances: Deanna’s Story

FEMA Trailers Part II: The Washington Post Investigates

  On July 20, 2007, the Washington Post published a story by reporter Spencer S. Hsu titled "FEMA Knew of Toxic Gas in Trailers." The article details how lawyers for FEMA reacted early in the summer of 2006, about nine months after the first Katrina trailers were deployed, when the first reports of serious health problems … Continue reading FEMA Trailers Part II: The Washington Post Investigates

FEMA Trailers: A Continuing Public Health Scandal

  I highly recommend that you watch the following amazing video on YouTube titled Where Have All the Trailers Gone in which medical anthropologist Nicholas Shapiro searches for the remaining FEMA trailers that were used in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and finds large numbers of them in the oil fields of North Dakota. … Continue reading FEMA Trailers: A Continuing Public Health Scandal