Should Perfumes Be Banned?

Ever get a headache from smelling someone's overly-strong perfume? Well, then you'd probably appreciate what New Hampshire state representative Michele Peckham is trying to do. She has introduced a bill to ban state employees from wearing perfumes while on the job:

State representative Michele Peckham is sponsoring House Bill 1444 which hopes to ban state employees who work with the public from wearing perfume. Apparently a constituent with extreme allergies approached Peckham with the proposal. "It may seem silly, but it's a health issue," Peckham told the Union Leader. "Many people have violent reactions to strong scents."

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Previously on Neatorama: Should Wearing Pajamas in Public Be Banned?


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Apparently some of those (Aeresol
) scented products use "Amorphous Fumed Silica" which you will be happy to know does not lead to Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. However it can cause granulomatous lesions and silicotic nodules.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1648030
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I was in a community once and was told that I couldn't drink orange juice publicly because one of our residents had a phobia, esperidoeidiphobia or possibly Hesperidiophobia or Portokaliophobia.

Anyway, I thought this was a ridiculous imposition on me especially considering the guy probably just didn't like orange juice and used his 'phobia' as a way to avoid drinking it. Until I actually drank orange juice in front of him, he reacted just to the smell of it and when he saw the orange juice he bolted for the exit.

Eventually I realized that his reaction was involuntary, my drinking the juice publicly was entirely voluntary and the onus was on me to keep the orange juice out of his sight and nostrils. He was a bit eccentric but by all other measures he was a good guy.

I also apshyxiate when I come in contact with some scented products. Strong smells don't bother me it has something to do with the molecular density of the air surrounding a perfumed area and the manner in which those molecules irritate my trachea.
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Also, people talking about politics in public really drives me crazy. Let's ban that, too. Not ALL political discourse, just the offensive kind.
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