Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

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Breathing problem due to Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency – Video

Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency

I found some really good videos on about Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency. This is about Alpha 1, but the first part also describes the sensation having asthma without Alpha 1. So to understand the nature of asthma you really need to see the first part of the video. Note! that asthma and Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency is not the same even though the experience of the symptoms are in many ways much similar.

Part 1
Part 1 show you what it feels like having Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency, but also what it feels like having asthma even though asthma and Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency is not the same.

Part two
Part two show you the real severity view of Alpha 1

Good Reading on Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency

There are many with Alpha 1 also has some form of asthma, others have bronchiestase, fibrosis, cyatisk fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, etc. Many people experience emphysema early in life because of its Alpha 1. It is often when you have emphysema you get infusion therapy.

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic (inherited) condition – it is passed from parents to their children through their genes. Alpha-1 may result in serious lung disease in adults and/or liver disease at any age.

For each trait a person inherits, there are usually two genes; one gene comes from each parent. People with Alpha-1 have received two abnormal alpha-1 antitrypsin genes. One of these abnormal genes came from their mother and one from their father.

Alpha-1 occurs when there is a lack of a protein in the blood called alpha-1 antitrypsin, or AAT. AAT, the alpha-1 protein, is mainly produced by the liver. The main function of AAT is to protect the lungs from inflammation caused by infection and inhaled irritants such as tobacco smoke.

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Because Alpha-1 is genetic, Alpha-1 lung disease is commonly called “genetic COPD.” People with Alpha-1 lung disease have two abnormal genes (one from each parent). The most common abnormal genes are called Z and S genes.

Early diagnosis of Alpha-1 is very important because quitting smoking (if the Alpha smokes) and early treatment are both essential to help slow the progression of Alpha-1 lung disease.

However, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency can’t be diagnosed by symptoms or by a medical examination alone; you need to get a blood test to know for sure.

Alpha-1 is often first diagnosed as asthma or smoking-related Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Alpha-1 is the most common genetic risk factor for COPD. About 3 percent of all people diagnosed with COPD may have undetected Alpha-1.

The World Health Organization (WHO), American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) recommend that everyone with COPD, bronchiectasis, or asthma that isn’t controlled with usual medications, be tested for Alpha-1.

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There is no cure for Alpha-1 lung disease, but treatments are available.

Alphas with lung diseases such as asthma, COPD or bronchiectasis can be helped by the same drugs used by non-Alphas for these conditions.

These include drugs to open up the lung passages (bronchodilators) and reduce the chronic inflammation that is common in the lungs of Alphas (corticosteroids).

Since infections in the lung can bring millions of extra white blood cells into the lungs, many doctors who care for Alphas recommend that lung infections be treated early and aggressively with antibiotics. One sign of a lung infection is when the Alpha starts to cough up mucus or phlegm that is yellow or green in color.

Besides the usual treatments for COPD in general, there is a specific therapy available to Alphas with lung disease.

Augmentation therapy consists of intravenous infusions, usually weekly, of alpha-1 antitrypsin protein purified from healthy plasma donors. The goal is to increase the level of alpha-1 protein in the blood and lungs in order to slow or stop the progression of Alpha-1 lung disease.

Augmentation therapy has been shown to increase blood and lung levels of alpha-1 antitrypsin protein, reduce the rate of decline of lung function, and improve survival.

Augmentation therapy cannot restore lost lung function and is not considered a cure. However, this therapy is currently the standard of care for Alphas with COPD.

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Neither medicine or transfusion Cure Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency. In the end all having Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency die. To survice they need to have a lung transplant.

But the medicine and the transfusion help those having Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency live longer.

Article is written With help of a friend having Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency and my own knowledge in normal asthma. Please contact for more Information on Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency.

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Reblogged “You must go to Elverum – a story on red tape, weekly commuting and cronic illness”

I can only agree. Poor man, and with Alpha 1 Anitrypsin deficiensy too! I have normal asthma and I know how hard that can be, and with Alpha 1 in addition to it must be awful. And not getting service on top of it! Really bad!

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“You must go to Elverum” – a story on red tape, weekly commuting  and cronic illness

mars 28, 2013 — alfaener

Troublesome equipmment

Troublesome equipmment

Healthy days

replaced the anxiety-ridden days in Pitigliano, but the “holiday” had taken its toll on me who had found myself in the nursing positition for 24 hours a day the two weeks while Geir was ill.

Slowly the world came back on track, and I got a two week sick-leave from my husbands specialist when we came to see him the first week after coming home. The specialist also found out that my former medicationfree AlphaOne finally responded to Atrovent and Ventolin – and sent with us a prescription for the medication plus a requisition for a nebulizer in addition to a two week sick leave for him as well. So far so good.

Norway – land of the bureaucrats?

As I happened to be in Oslo, and Geir still was recovering from his spell in Italy, I volunteered to go to the hospital our lung specialist had told us to go to to pick up the nebulizer (which can be borrowed from the health care system). It turned out they closed as early as 2.30 PM, and as I arrived at 2.35 nobody opened the door. Well, I could have checked that one before going, and Geir still had some left of the Italian medication. So no big deal. This one is on me.

“Is this adress correct?”

Back again the next day at Ullevål University Hospital and the storage unit for medical equipment. The door was now open, but service seemed to be a lacking word in the vocabulary. First one sour lady picked up my requisition, then an important looking man came back and asked sourly, “Is this adress correct?” He meant our homeadress in Koppang, northeast of Oslo.

“Yes, it is”, I said, “but my husband has a work adress in Oslo and spends the whole week here.” “Ok”, the man said, “but I cannot give out anything from here. You have to go to Elverum to get it.”


“That is the rules,” he continued.

“But Elverum is almost a two hours drive from here???”

” So are the rules”, the man said, even more sourly now. “If you have adress Koppang, that is the adress we relate to, and you have to pick up the equipment in Elverum.” He gave me the paper back, and I realized this was no joke. We really had to get the equipment from Elverum, which on top of it all was 90 km from our home in Koppang.

“Who pays the cost for going to Elverum?”

I called Geir who could hardly believe what I said. But it finally dawned upon him as well that Elverum was the place to relate to. He got on the phone to Elverum Hospital the next day, which happened to be a Friday.

“Yes, no problem”, they said. “You can come here and pick up the equipment.”

But realizing that he might not be the only weekly commuter in the country – he said: “But before I go I want to know where I can send the bill for lost work hours and travelling costs, since it so happens that I work in Oslo…”

It got quiet in the other end. “Eh, I do not know how that will be,” the person said.

“Well, you see, at my work we have commuters all the way from Alta in the far north to Kristiansand in the south, and I need to know since this might come up as a problem for someone else commuting from faraway. It is a question of principles here, since I am not the only cronicly ill commuter in the country, and I need to know how to help them.”

After a moment of silence in the other end, the person concluded that this needed some research, and my husband would get a phonecall from them on Monday.

Monday came, and he received the call rom Elverum Hospital, who wisely enough had decided they could send the equipment by regular mail. And so they did, and the equipment arrived on Wednesday, which was one full week after we started on the quest.

So far so good. We now had the equipment needed. Why dwell upon the details here?

Bureaucrats are hired to serve the PEOPLE!

This was Max Weber’s original idea behind hiring servants to take care of the people’s needs – servants today known as bureaucrats.

In this case, Hospital Administration and administration routines had first priority – not the patients needs. If saving money for the medical profession means dumping all the problems over to the patient something is seriously wrong.

This patient lived in Oslo during the whole week. He wants desperately to work instead of living on disability pension, but he was still quite sick, and needed his medication to breathe better – which in fact is a necessity to get enough oxygen to the cells of the body. The guy at Ullevål University Hospital had nothing wrong with his breathing. Besides he had not created the rules and should not get the blame here. But since it is a practical possibility to send invoices between hospitals – they do it all the time – why not hand out the equipment needed at the nearest possible place for the patient and leave it to the healthy bureaucrats to find a way of sorting out the money transfers or mail-delivered equipment later? The patient in question should have gotten what he needed right there and then. He was sick and suffered unnecessarily long from not getting it!


Patients should have one focus – to get as well as they can to stay as workers as long as they manage. My husband was lucky, he had me there to run errands. I must admit I am happy he got sick in Italy – because if he had gotten sick here he would have been without proper medication for a whole week! There, in our tiny Italian town of 4000 inhabitants, I could get what I needed within minutes, included the medication of similar sort – without prescription – and I could choose between renting or buying the equipment. Rent was 1 euro a day – buying was 70 euro. We regret we did not buy one to take home from Italy. In Oslo with half a million inhabitants we cannot even buy it from a pharmacy! I tried!

So why whine since it all went well?

Well, I happen to be of the opinion that if you stumble upon a stone in the road that can easily be moved – it is important to try to move it so that the next person with maybe less resources does not have to stumble all over again! And in my frank opinion, it should be a lot easier to move a paper, an invoice or money than to ask a cronicly ill patient to run crosscountry to get what he needs to get well. Especially when it is a mantra in Norway that each and everyone of us are to work as much as possible until we hit the coffin. I think that calls for more flexibility from the bureaucracy than what we just experienced. The stone is not moved yet, but at least more people than us know it is there! And knowing is there is the first step in doing something about it.”

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Healthy days

replaced the anxiety-ridden days in Pitigliano, but the “holiday” had taken its toll on me who had found myself in the nursing positition for 24 hours a day the two weeks while Geir was ill.

Slowly the world came back on track, and I got a two week sick-leave from my husbands specialist when we came to see him the first week after coming home. The specialist also found out that my former medicationfree AlphaOne finally responded to Atrovent and Ventolin – and sent with us a prescription for the medication plus a requisition for a nebulizer in addition to a two week sick leave for him as well. So far so good.

Norway – land of the bureaucrats?

As I happened to be in Oslo, and Geir still was recovering from his spell in Italy, I volunteered to go to the hospital our lung specialist had told…

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Alpha 1 Antirypsin deficiency is a genetic and when the carrier has it and get sick often a cause to bad lung, asthma, COPD, and similar, and even kidney, lung and similar problems.

All people with lung problems should be screen.

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How frequent? With all the genetic information around, we are often wondering how much genetic morbidity is really hidden in our genomes. Yes, everybody is a knock-out for 1-3 genes, but in most cases, these variants do not cause disease. However, what happens if you apply genomics to estimate the burden of known disease variants? Now in a recent paper in Genetics in Medicine by Lazarin and colleagues, the carrier frequency for ~400 variants known to cause ~100 recessive disorders is investigated. 24% of all individuals are carriers for at least one recessive disorder.

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Alpha1 Association Norway – Asthma

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

“Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited disorder that can cause lung disease in adults and liver disease in adults and children.”

A variant of asthma have  those with  Alpha 1 Antiryphsin deficiency. It is a inherited genetic disorder, a  defieciency that make the Aola in the lungs break down, and in the long run it can be life threatening. Many having Alpha1 die before their time and many have to have lung transplant.

The Norwegian Alpha1 Association have started their own website. Please, visit them at

Follow at Twitter: @Alfa1foreningen

Here you can learn more about Alpha1. If you rather want the information in English please visit

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How it really feels – by Karen Skålvoll

I have an online friend who got asthma with alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency. At her last blog entry she talks about what it really feels like having asthma with alpa1 and peoples habits and likes. It was so good explained that I asked her to allow me to post it here on my blog, and she was kind enough to allow it. So here my dear reader you can find out how it is to live with asthma with an alpha1 deficiency in additon. From my side: Having a “normal asthma” is just like that just except for the burning sensation and the dying lung. But even a person with an “ordianary asthma” can get damages to the lungs when exposed to stuff they get sick from, the lungs get hardened, and the illnesses symtomes can develop to become 24/7. It is therefore very important to any asthmatic – alpha1 or not – to avoid any what makes the asthmatic ill. Happy reading, and hopefully listening. – Annelie

How it really feels – by Karen Skålvoll

“It is certainly very difficult for those who are healthy to understand that we who are living with a serious lung disease react to fragrances others have chosen to take on. The fact that it burns the lungs, the mucus, painful spasms in the bronchi and is really just child’s play, because us with alpha 1, we get lung damage as well. Sometimes I am willing to pay the price to visit some of the world, but mostly I let it be. I stay home. Putting an injection of medicine to open to breathe is no fun, the heart races away with a pulse that is sky high and it is physically difficult to hold a glass, not talking about holding a pen or write.

When it comes to those with alpha 1 lacking the protein (alpha 1 antitrypsin) it is the alpha1 antitrypsin that protects the lungs, and we do not have that. This means that everything we breathe damages lung tissue much more than those who do not have this gene defect. A bit like in children who have not yet fully developed lung tissue (that you can read about here: children’s health in front of the staff’s vanity, indoor air quality, children and allergies) I have severe uncontrolled asthma on top of my Alpha 1 can be on any given day loss of life in an asthma attack because others have chosen to dress up. Arguments like, “I used just a little” or “only little won’t hurt anyone” or “it’s just soooo little..” or “I can not help it..” provoke sometimes even though I have gotten extremely hard bones in my nose eventually. The vanity of others will go in front of other people’s health, I think is directly frightening. Let everyone breathing fresh air that does not bathe in perfume, it is the best for children, allergy sufferers, those with lung diseases and, not least for most people.

Since I have alpha 1 I also feel on the psychological element in this. My lungs are damaged and get damaged more because of all those who smear themselves and spray themselves with so much, if I get an asthma attack I am simply promoted one step closer to death. It’s a brutal reality that is not spoken about. To smoke or use spray in one form or another close to some of alpha 1 is considered an abuse, because we get lung damage of the sort. The more we tell, the more we talk about this the more knowledge comes out of the public. I hope that future generations will not have to hear all the prattling that those who talk about freedom of perfume are selfish, they can only wear masks, they can stay home, etc. No, the only thing that counts is the information we need to be visible and we must have the courage to talk about the unpleasant consequences of others’ decorating.” – Karen Skålvoll


“He who Rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution Which Rejects progress in is the cemetary.”  – Harold Wilson


Thank you for sharing Karen and for beautifully explaining to us all.

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Asthma due to Alpha-1-antitrypsin (Alfa1) deficiency

Not many have heard of asthma with Alpha-1 antirypsin deficiency, and neither had I until today.

I just today came in contact with a woman that got a special kind of non-responsive asthma due to a Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. She is as me asthmatic to chemicals, smoke, perfume, fragrances, cold a.s.o but her asthma is due to a special and rarely known of Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and she is one of those who can die from her asthma when she get exposed to stuff the get sick from. I myself got what we call a normal asthma. A person who got an Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency get in addition to asthma attacks and sensitivites also  have a continiously repeatedly inflammations in the lungs and those who got this die young.

Since Alpha 1 Antirypsin deficiency is rarely know I’d like to write a litte about it here.

What is Alpha1 deficiency?
The protein Alpha-1-antitrypsin, usually occurs in the blood. It is formed by the liver. This protects the lung structure and pronounced deficiency can happen destruction of lung tissue, so you get a bronchitis like disease – emphysema with gradually increasing shortness of breath, and shortened lifespan.

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Read the Danish site about this. Use a translater if you do not read Danish.

Please, learn more about this and visit her Norwegian site. Here she write openly about how it is to have the Alpha-1-antitrypsin (Alfa1) deficiency. Please, use a translater if you do not read Norwegian.

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Strong scent inhibit many in the daily life

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Fakta om parfyme- og duftoverfølsomhet

( : 17.06.2011)  “De fleste mennesker får umiddelbare assosiasjoner til noe velduftende eller positivt når de hører ordet ”parfyme”.  Denne reaksjonen er ikke allmenngyldig og noen vil både assosiere og reagere negativt på ”parfyme”. For denne gruppen mennesker kan en hel rekke dufter vi stilles overfor i hverdagen legge store begrensninger på det daglige liv. Disse menneskene har det vi kaller en miljøhemming.” (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Astma og andre lungsjukdommer er en av de grupper som hemmes av parfyme og andre sterke dufter. Den godlukten du tar på deg hver morgen er til besvær for litt over 370.000 – 1.2 millioner personer i Norge hver dag enten grunnet astma, KOLS eller annen sensitivitet. Da du tar trikken, bussen, toget eller går på butikken eller kjøpesentra er det veldig sannsynelig at du møter noen med astma. Ca 1 av 4 personer fra alder 0-100 har astma, og de fleste av disse –  om ikke alle –  blir syke av parfyme.

Parfyme er alt som er parfymert. De fleste tror at parfyme er det du har i parfymeflasken, men parfyme er i så mange produkter idag (år 2011)  at det ibland kan være en mare å unngå det. Parfyme er ikke noe man trenger for å holde seg ren. Parfyme er kun en dufttilsetning og gjør inget for å vaske deg, klærne dine, huset ditt, bilen din eller noe annet rent. Det du trenger for å holde deg og dine ting rene er kun såpen, og den kan du kjøpe parfymefri. Også deodorant finnes det parfymefri. Der er mange produkter på markedet som er frie for parfyme og da bidrar du også til å minke risikoen for at du selv blir allergisk og i tillegg gjør du hverdagen til alle astmatikere mye bedre.

Tenk deg f.eks. at bussjåføren din har astma. Ombord bussen går ca 400 parfymerte mennesker hver dag. Bussjåføren blir sjuk av parfyme, og med 400 parfymerte personer ombord bussen hver dag så er livet på jobb = å være sjuk. Bussjåføren får pustevansker og sliter med å puste, noe de fleste tar for gitt. Vi bare gjør det, puster, helt naturligt. For en astmatiker bør det også være naturlig å puste fritt uten problemer, men en hverdag sammen med parfymerte mennesker umuliggjør dette.

Hva er parfyme?

(NAAF) “Rent teknisk er parfyme et begrep som knyttes til en rekke kjemikalier, som enten kan fremstilles syntetisk eller utvinnes naturlig fra for eksempel planter i form av oljer eller vekstekstrakter. Kjemikaliene fordeler seg godt i luft, og våre neser oppfatter dem generelt som velduftende. Kjemikaliene tilsettes oftest til vanlige forbrukerprodukter for både å gi produktet en egenlukt eller en duftsignatur. I følge parfymebransjens eget organ IFRA har kosmetikkprodusentene i en frivillig tilbakemelding fra 2008 (transparency list) rapportert at det er ca 3200 stoffer som kan anvendes med formål å gi dufttilsatte produkter.” (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Menneskets sanser er laget for å beskytte oss mot det som er farlig for oss. Dårlig mat lukter vondt og vi vet at vi ikke bør spise det for å ikke bli syke. Høge lyder varsler at noe kan være farlig, vonde lukter varsler at noe kan være lite heldig for oss, eller sjukdom, og den sjette sans og erfaring sier oss gjerne når der er fare på ferde. Men hva når de farlige kjemikalier dufter godt, eller godlukt brukes for å skjule andre kjemikalier som ikke er gode for oss? Da lures sansene våres å tro at det er ufarlige stoffer vi har med å gjøre. De fleste av oss er gjerne også litt godtroende og tror det beste om produsenter fordi man kan jo ikke tro de vil oss noe vondt?

Allergi mot kjemikalier og parfyme

( “Kosmetikkbransjen er lovpålagt (2011) å regulere bruken 26 parfymestoffer på grunn av sterke allergifremkallende egenskaper. Hyppig og uregulert bruk i kosmetikk har medført en større andel både av allergi og sensibilisering i befolkningen (dvs begynnende allergiutvikling). Reguleringen er ment å forebygge og til dels for å beskytte de sensibiliserte. EU har i kosmetikkdirektivet bestemt at 26 spesielt allergifremkallende parfymestoffer skal med på ingredienslisten til kosmetiske produkter og kroppspleiemidler som inneholder dem. Andre parfymestoffer får stå under samlebetegnelsen ”parfyme”. Alle de 26 allergifremkallende parfymestoffene har du dermed mulighet for å unngå. Mattilsynet i Norge gir deg en oversikt over de 26 stoffende og maksimale mengder som får inngå. Reguleringen av de 26 parfymestoffende gjelder utelukkende for kontaktallergi … I en studie fra 2007 (Dotterud & Smith-Sivertsen) rapporteres det at kontaktallergi mot denne gruppen av allergene parfymestoffer (fragrance mix) forekommer hos 1,8 % av befolkningen. Det blir presisert at dette tallet er noe høyere enn det man ser fra Danmark. Symptomer ved kontaktallergi kjennetegnes ved rødt, kløende utslett – tørr og flassete hud, med små blærer som kan gi væskende hudområder og skorpedannelser.”  (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

( “Kjemisk kontaktallergi kan også utvikles mot veldig mange andre kjemikalier enn parfyme (for eksempel hårfarger, såpe, konserveringsmidler, fargestoffer osv), og i motsetning til parfymekontaktallergi tilskrives kjemisk kontaktallergi hyppigst men ikke utelukkende fra yrkesskader der mennesker blir utsatt for større mengder kjemikalier enn man normal ville blitt i det daglige liv.”  (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Du har krav på å få vite hva der innholder i det du bruker. I mat er det pålagt å definere hva som er i et produkt helt ned til salt og andre vanlige innhold og innholdsfortegningen skal vise hva er mest av. Det som er mest av i et produkt skal stå først i innholdsfortegningen. Når gjelder parfymer er kun påkrevd at 26 stoffer (år 2011) må deklareres, og alt annet kan gå under parfyme. Det er ikke godt nokk. Også om et stoff i listene ikke ennå er gradert som allergiframkallende på huden så betyr det ikke nødvendigvis at der ikke er noen i verden som reagerer mot det. Produsenter er gjerne litt etterpå når det gjelder kunnskap om effekten av stoffene de tilsetter i produktene sine, og forskere på stoffene og kjemikaliene ligger gjerne i forkant, og da helst uavhengige forskere. Ofte er man gjerne etterpåklok og sier, “Det visste vi ikke da.” etter at flere er blitt sjuke. Og i noen tilfeller kan det også være at de unnlater å bry seg fordi det ville koste penger å finne en erstating eller forandring, eller i deres øyne vil endre effekten av produktet. Det er ikke godt nokk. Der er mange stoffer i produkter som ikke er gode for mennesket å bruke som har en effekt på produkter, jeg snakker da om ftalater og parabener f.eks, men ikke utelukkende disse. Der er masse å lese om dette på siter overalt i verdenen der uavhengige forskere advarer mot mange av stoffene i bl.a parfyme, parfymerte produkter og også andre stoffer og produkter. Det må også være lettere å leve etter føre vare prinsippet både hos forbrukere og produsenter. Jeg mener alt i et produkt skal deklareres. Da er det lettere for forskerstanden og folk flest å rope varsku, og å velge selv hva de ønsker å bruke. Det er langt fra kun kontaktallergi som lager problemer hos mennesker med allergi, astma og sensitiviteter. Produsenter skal ikke kunne gjemme seg bak et ord som ikke forteller noe annet enn at det dufter.

For astmatikere er det gjerne luftbåret det som utløser astmaattacker. Det betyr at alt som avdunster, sprayes eller på annen måte sprer seg i lufta kan være med på å gi astmaattacker. Det eneste som trenges er at den som har astma og blir utsatt for stoffet puster det inn for å få en astmaattack. Det beste for en astmatiker er ren naturlig luft og oksygen.

( “I Danmark er det publisert en større vitenskapelig undersøkelse ”Forekomst av selvrapporterte symptomer og reaksjoner relatert til inhalasjon av luftbårne kjemikalier i en dansk befolkning”. Det ble plukket ut 6000 individer i alderen 18-69 år fra folkeregistret i en befolkning rundt stor-København til en spørreundersøkelse hvor de fikk tilsendt et spørreskjema om symptomer relatert til 11 alminnelig forekommende dufter og kjemiske stoffer samt om konsekvenser relatert til dem. Dufter og kjemiske stoffer inkluderte andre personers bruk av parfyme, rengjøringsmidler, oppløsningsmidler, friske trykksaker, nytt boliginventar, bløt plast eller gummi, nytt elektronisk apparatur, steke- og matos, utstøtning fra motorkjøretøy, tjæreprodukter samt røyk fra forbrenningsovner. Svarprosenten på denne undersøkelsen var på 71 % (4242 svar). 45 % av de som svarte oppgav de at de var sjenert/plaget av minst én av de alminnelig forekommende dufter og kjemiske stoffer som det ble spurt om. 27 % av  4242 personer var sjenert/plaget i en grad som var symptomutløsende. 17 %  av  4242 personer oppgav at reaksjonene fremkalt av dufter eller kjemiske stoffer hadde betydning for deres valg av personlige pleiemidler, andre for hvordan det ble gjort rent i deres hjem og for hvilke butikker de handlet i, sjenerte/plagede rapporterte at symptomer fremkaldt av dufter og kjemiske stoffer begrenset dem sosialt eller arbeidsmessig og flere oppgav, at symptomene hadde negativ innflytelse på begge disse forhold. Av de som svarte på undersøkelsen, oppgav respondentene at de hadde opplevd ubehag eller symptomer i relasjon til andres parfymebruk, at symptomene deres påvirket dem både sosialt og yrkesmessig, hvilket i en Dansk befolkning svarer til at ca. 17000 voksne danske mennesker.”  (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Ved en allergi reagerer kroppens immunforsvar når man utsettes for stoffer man har rukket å utvikle allergi for. Allergi spiller typisk en rolle ved f.eks. astma, pollenallergi (rhinitt) og eksem og kan bekreftes ved blodprøve eller en test på huden.


Miljøhemming er situasjonsbetinget. I miljøer som ikke inneholder noe av det som ikke tåles, er den berørte “frisk” i den meningen at den er symptomfri. Derfor kan i enkelte tilfeller betegnelsen ”risikant” brukes.

Er du rammet?

“Professor Emeritus Kjell Aas er readktør på NAAFs nettside og Han har laget en spørreundersøkelse for å kartlegge miljøhemming. Foreløpig er det flest med kjemisk miljøintoleranse som har sendt svar. Det dreier seg om at mennesker blir syke av luftforurensninger og inneklima som de aller fleste tåler godt. De får hodepine, tørre og irriterte slimhinner, kvalme, unormal tretthet, problemer med konsentrasjon, oppfattelse og hukommelse og andre subjektive følelse av dårlig helse. Ikke få føler seg helt utslått med symptomer som kan minne om en slags forgiftning. ”

Har du astma, allergi, mcs, eller annen sensitivitet og sliter med å vistes i miljø der stoffer , avgassinger, parfymering brukes, eller rett og slett ikke kan være der, da har du miljøhemming.

Hvis du ikke ennå er rammet, tenk da på at veldig mange andre sliter med ditt eventuelle bruk av parfymer / godlukt og kjemikalier i hverdagen. Velg et uparfymert og kjemikaliefritt produkt så er du på god vei med på å gjøre hverdagen til meg og tusener av andre mye bedre!

På forhånd takk

In English

Facts about perfume and fragrance sensitivity

( 06/17/2011) “Most people get immediate associations with any aromatic or positively when they hear the word” perfume “. This reaction is not universal and there are poeple both associate and react negatively to ” perfume “. For this group of people, a whole series of fragrances we face in everyday life put severe restrictions on daily life. These people have what we call an environmental inhibition. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

Asthma and other lung diseases is one of the groups that are inhibited by perfumes and other strong scents. The scent you put on every morning either in form of perfume, cologne, after shave, deodorant, body spray or other perfumed products a little over 370,000 to 1,200,000 persons in Norway breathe in and get sick from every day either due to asthma, COPD, MCS or other sensitivities. When you take the tram, bus, train or go to the store or shopping centers, it is very likely that you meet someone with asthma/sensitivites. Approximately 1 in 4 people from age 0-100 have asthma, and most of these – if not all – are sick of perfume. In addition to them you have all those with other lung diseases and sensitivities.

Perfume is all that is perfumed (frangranced). Most people think that the perfume is what you have in the perfume bottle, but the perfume is in so many products today (year 2011) that at times it can be a nightmare to avoid it. Perfume is not something you need to keep themselves clean. Perfume is just a fragrance additive and do nothing for to wash yourself, your clothes, your house, your car or anything else. What you need to keep you and your stuff clean is just pure soap, and you can buy perfume free. There are many products on the market that are free of perfumes and then you are also helping to decrease the risk that you may become/get  allergic and also do the daily lives of all asthmatics much better.

Imagine for example… The bus driver have asthma. Aboard the bus is about 400 perfumed people every day. The bus driver is sick from perfume, and aboard the bus come 400 people scented every day, there is life on the job = being sick. Bus driver gets breathing difficulties and struggling to breathe, something most people take for granted. We just do it, breathe, naturally. For an asthmatic, it should also be natural to breathe freely without problems, but a day with perfumed people makes it impossible to do so. But fragranced people are everywhere in society so whatever one do or wherever one go, there it is.

What is the perfume?

(NAAF) “Technically perfume a term linked to a variety of chemicals, which can either be produced synthetically or obtained naturally from such plants in the form of oils or growth extracts. The chemicals are distributed well in air, and our noses perceive them in general as fragrant. The chemicals are added frequently for common consumer products for both to give the product a scent or a fragrance signature. According to the perfume industry’s own body IFRA has cosmetic manufacturers in a voluntary feedback from 2008 (Transparency list) reported that there are approximately 3200 substances that can be used for the purpose of give fragrance added products. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

The human senses are designed to protect us against that which is dangerous to us. Poor food smells bad and we know we should not eat it for not being sick. High noise signals that something may be dangerous, bad smells warn that something may be unfortunate for us, or illness, and the sixth sense and experience tells us when there is danger ahead. But what if the hazardous chemical smells good, or scent is used to hide other chemicals that are not good for us? When our senses are tricked to believe that it is harmless substances we are dealing with. Most of us are like a little gullible and believe the best about the producers because they can not believe they will do us any harm?

Allergy to chemicals and perfumes

( “Cosmetics Industry is required by law (year 2011) to regulate the use of 26 fragrances because of the strong allergenic properties. Frequent and unregulated use in cosmetics has resulted in a greater proportion of both allergy and sensitization in the population (ie the onset of allergy development). The regulation is intended to prevent and partly to protect the sensitized. The EU has in the cosmetics directive specified that 26 particularly allergenic perfume substances to be included on the list of ingredients for cosmetic products and body care products that contain them. Other fragrances will be under the collective term “fragrance.” All the 26 allergenic fragrance substances you are thus able to avoid. Food Safety Authority in Norway gives you an overview of the 26 drug immediately and maximum amounts that can be included. The regulation of the 26 perfume substances shall apply exclusively for contact allergies … In a study from 2007 (Dotterud & Smith-Sivertsen) reported that contact allergy to this group of allergenic perfume substances (fragrance mix) occurs in 1.8% of the population. It is clear that this figure is slightly higher than that seen from Denmark. Symptoms of contact allergy is characterized by red, itchy rash – dry and flaky skin, with small bladders that can cause skin and exuding skorpedannelser. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

( “Chemical contact allergy may also be developed against many chemicals other than perfumes (such as hair dyes, surfactants, preservatives, dyes, etc.), and unlike perfume contact allergy attributed to chemical contact allergy frequently but not exclusively from industrial accidents where people are exposed to larger quantities of chemicals than you normally would in everyday life. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

You are and should be entitled to know what are in the products you use. The food is required to define what is in a product right down to salt and other common content. That which is most of  in the product will be first in the table of content too. When it comes to perfumes / fragrance is only required that 26 substances (year 2011) must be declared, and everything else can go under perfume. It is not good enough since one fragrance hold several hundreds of chemicals. Note that the 26 substances is only those that is against contact allergies, and even if a substance in the lists are not yet classified as allergenic to the skin so it does not necessarily mean that there is no one in the world that reacts with breathing difficulties and other ways to it. And what about those who breathe it in, and it goes to the blood stream through the lungs? Manufacturers are usually a little later when it comes to knowledge about the effects of the substances they add in their products, and researchers in the drugs and chemicals is often in advance, and preferably independent researchers. Often, one is often wise after the event and says, “We did not know.” after several gotten sick. And in some cases it may be that they fail to care because it would cost money, or in their eyes it  will change the effect of the product. It is not good enough. There are many substances in products that are not good for man to use that has an effect on the products, I’m talking about phthalates and parabens such as, but not limited to these. There is plenty to read about this on sites all over the world where independent researchers warn against many of the ingredients of including perfumes and perfumed products and other substances and products. It should also be easier to live after the principle care before accident and illness, both producers and consumers. I mean everything in a product to be declared. This makes it easier for the research profession and people shouting warning and to choose for themselves what they want to use. It is far from only cantact allergy that give people who got allergies, astma and sensitivites problems. Manufacturers should not be able to hide behind a word that does not tell anything other than it got a scent and smells.

For asthmatics, it is usually airborne what triggers asthma attacks. It means that everything that evaporate, sprayed or otherwise spread in the air can help to provide asthma attacks. The only thing required is that those who have asthma and are exposed to the substance and breathe it in to get an asthma attack. The best for a asthmatic is pure natural air and oxygen.

( “In Denmark, published a major scientific study” Prevalence of self-reported symptoms and reactions related to the inhalation of airborne chemicals in a Danish population. “It was selected 6000 individuals aged 18-69 years from the National Registry in a population around large-Copenhagen to a questionnaire where they were sent a questionnaire about symptoms related to 11 common occurring scents and chemicals and the consequences related to them. Fragrances and chemical substances included other people’s use of perfumes, detergents, solvents, fresh print, new residential furniture, soft plastic or rubber, new electronic apparatus, frying and cooking fumes, exclusion from motor vehicles, tar products and smoke from incinerators. The response rate for this survey was 71% (out of 4,242 persons responses). 45% of respondents provided that they was shy / suffering at least one of the most commonly occurring fragrances and chemicals that were asked. 27% of 4242 people were shy / harassed to a degree that was symptom-triggering. 17% of 4,242 persons provided that the reactions induced by scents or chemical drugs had influenced their choice of personal care products, others for how it was done purely in their homes and the stores they shopped in, shy / sufferers reported symptoms until cold of fragrances and chemicals limited their social or work activities and tasks, that symptoms had a negative influence on both of these conditions. Of those who answered the survey gave respondents that they had experienced discomfort or symptoms in relation to others’ perfume use, that their symptoms affected them both socially and professionally, which in a Danish population corresponds to that around . 17,000 adult Danish people. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

One should note that this is only 4242 persons out of over some millions people in a country. 47 % out of approximately 4.5 million people is… 2.115.000 persons.

In an allergic reaction the body’s immune system when exposed to substances they have managed to develop allergies to. Allergy plays a typical role for example. asthma, pollen allergy (rhinitis) or eczema and can be confirmed by blood test or a test on the skin.


Environmental inhibition is situational. In environments that do not contain anything that is not tolerated, the person is concerned “healthy” in the sense that it is asymptomatic. Therefore, in some cases, the term “risikant” (in-risk-person) is used.

Are you affected?

“Professor Emeritus Kjell Aas with website and He has made a survey to determine the environmental inhibition. Currently, the majority of chemical environmental intolerance that have responded. It is about people become ill from air pollution and indoor air quality, which most other people can tolerate well. They get headaches, dry and irritated mucous membranes, nausea, unusual fatigue, difficulty with concentration, perception and memory and other subjective feelings of poor health. Do feel completely eliminated with symptoms which resembles a kind of intoxication. “

Do you have asthma, allergies, mcs, or sensitivity and are struggling to appeared in the environment where drugs, gave the singer, perfume ring is used, or simply can not be there, then you have the environmental inhibition.

If you have not yet been affected, think of that very many others are struggling with your potential use of perfumes / fragrances and chemicals in everyday life. Choose an unscented and chemical free product, you’re on your way to making life for me and thousands of other much better!

Thank you in advance
a person with asthma

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Restrictions on perfume use – LHL Yes Please! –

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Vil begrense godlukta

( 23 Oktober 2011) “LHL mener det bør innføres restriksjoner på bruk av parfymerte produkter. Landsforeningen for hjerte- og lungesyke (LHL) tar nå til orde for å begrense  bruken av parfymerte produkter i barnehage, skole og helseinstitusjoner. Bakgrunnen for tiltaker er at vel 1,4 millioner nordmenn sliter med ulike  former for allergi eller overfølsomhet for ulike stoffer. Mange av disse  reagerer på parfymeprodukter.” Kilde:

LHL skriver på sitt nettsted:


Landsmøte 2011: Forebygging av parfymeskader

Landsmøtet i LHL vedtok 23.10.11 følgende uttalelse:

Det er mange som reagerer svært negativt helsemessig på å bli eksponert for parfymerte produkter. Slik eksponering kan være sykdomsutløsende. Det betyr at de som er berørt, prøver å unngå situasjoner og arenaer med stor risiko for eksponering. LHL er inneforstått med at det ikke er aktuelt med noe generelt forbud mot parfymerte produkter. LHL mener likevel at det finnes mulige tiltak som kan være til hjelp for de det gjelder.

LHL mener det må settes av penger til forebyggende opplysningsvirksomhet, slik at flere vil ta hensyn til at parfymerte produkter kan påføre andre helseskader.

LHL mener at det må innføres restriksjoner mot bruk av parfymerte produkter i barnehage, skole og helseinstitusjoner.

LHL mener det må presiseres at kravet til universell utforming i diskriminerings- og tilgjenglighetsloven § 9 også omfatter tiltak for å forebygge eksponering av ulike irritanter, herunder parfymerte produkter.”

Sitat slutt.

( 23 Oktober 2011)  “LHL mener det må settes av penger til forebyggende  opplysningsvirksomhet, slik at flere vil ta hensyn til at parfymerte  produkter kan påføre andre helseskade. Organisasjonen påpeker videre at  kravet til universell utforming i diskriminerings- og tilgjenglighetsloven §  9 også omfatter tiltak for å forebygge eksponering av ulike irritanter,  herunder parfymerte produkter.

Av ca. 2500 kjente duftstoffer, er ca 100 kjent som allergifremkallende hos mennesker.

LHL beskriver tradisjonell parfyme som “verstingen”, men også  rengjøringsmidler, skyllemidler, såpe, stearinlys og leker inneholder  parfymestoffer. Parfyme finnes også i enkelte naturkosmetiske produkter.

– Mange med parfymeallergi unngår å bruke offentlig transportmidler og må  holde seg unna sosiale arenaer der risikoen for å bli eksponert for parfyme  er stor. Det er eksempler på barn som ikke kan møte på skolen fordi  medelever og lærere bruker produkter de ikke tåler, sier generalsekretær  Frode Jahren i LHL.

Symptomer på parfymeallergi kan være tetthetsfornemmelse, hoste, piping i  brystet, tett nese, nysing, kløe i øynene, økt slimproduksjon, kløe på hud,  trøtthet og uopplagthet, kvalme og svimmelhet.” Kilde:


Jeg kan signere på alt som tetthetsfornemmelse (dvs vanskelig å puste), hoste, piping i brystet, tett nese, økt slimproduktsjon, trøtthet og uopplagthet.  Og jeg kan også signere på at når passasjerene bruker parfyme da er det ille for meg. Ja, takk til begrenset parfymebruk!!!

In English

Want to restrict perfume use

( October 23, 2011) “LHL believes it should be introduced restrictions on the use of scented products. The Norwegian Heart and Lung Association (LHL) is now called for limiting the use of scented products in kindergartens, schools and health institutions. The reason for this is that some 1.4 million people in Norway suffer from various forms of allergy or hypersensitivity to various substances. Many of these react to perfume products.

LHL believes, therefore, it must set aside money for prevention bureaus, so that more people will take into account that scented products can inflict injury. The organization also points out that the requirement for universal design in the Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act, § 9 also includes measures to prevent exposure to various irritants, including perfumed products.

Of the approx. 2500 known fragrances are about 100 known as allergens in humans.

LHL describes traditional perfume as “bad guys”, but also detergents, rinse aids, soap, candles and toys containing fragrances. Perfume is also found in some organic and natural cosmetic products.

– Many people with perfume allergies avoid using public transport and must stay away from social arenas where the risk of being exposed to perfume is great. There are examples of children who can not attend school because other pupils and teachers use products they can not tolerate, says Secretary-General Frode Jahren in LHL.

Symptoms of perfume allergy can be tightness sensation, coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, increased mucus production, itching of the skin, fatigue and distressed, nausea and dizziness.”



I can sign on at all that: tightness sensation (ie, hard to breathe), coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, increased mucus production, tired and distressed. And yes, as a bus driver I can also sign under that when passengers use perfume it is a bad thing for me. Yes, Thank you to the restrictions on use of perfume!!!

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The book – Environmental inhibition (Norwegian) – By prof. Kjell Aas

Now the book The Environmental inhibition is released in pdf format. The book is written by professor Kjell Aas and tell in a light digest manner information about environmental inhibition. Book in Norwegian.

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Scent in small dozes

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Astma og hyperreaktivitet i luftveiene

Personer med astma eller nesesymptomer grunnet hyperreaktivitet i luftveiene, kan bli syk selv om gasskonsentrasjonen er ganske lav. Det gjelder imidlertid like mye for lukten som folk flest oppfatter som god (parfyme, blomsterduft, lukten av røkelse, etc.).

For personer med astma og hyperreaktivitet i luftveiene, er det vist at avgassing fra parfyme og dufter gir reaksjoner i egenskap av irritanter i en kjemisk måte, der er astma en utløst reaksjon. Følsomheten og lavterskel for dette er ikke godt undersøkt.

Reaksjoner av ozon illustrerer noen av dette. Lukten av ozon (også som lukter av solvarme på et høyt fjell) synes å ha en terskel rundt 0.01 til 0,001 ppm. Kjemisk irritanteffekt for astma er oppnådd med en times eksponering til 0,2 ppm. Det var også objektive tegn på betennelse i luftveiene (rapport av Newson og andre i 2000). Ozon binder lett til partikler (NB! svevestøv) og kan gjøre en slik støv mer reaktiv og irriterende.

Så konklusjonen er (og dette sier jeg ut av erfaring av astma og støttet av vitenskapen). At hvis en person har en liten duft på dem, eller et rom er vasket med parfymerte / dufttilsatte vaskemidler, en airfreshener, duftlys, røykelse o.l., og personen / steder avgir duft / parfyme kan dette gjøre en person med astma sjuk. Reaksjonen kan komme momentant eller som en seinreaksjon og bygge seg opp over tid avhengig av mengden av partikler den astmatiske bli syk fra og hvor sensitive personen er. Det hele avhenger av sykdom og hva slags allergen, irriterende eller partikkel og mengde av ting den sensitive er utsatt for.

Det kan være interessant for deg å vite neste gang noen stående ved siden av deg begynner å hoste, nese og øyne renner og blir syk. Det må ikke være en snue eller influensa de har, men det kanskje er allergi og astma fra duften du har på deg som gjør dem syke. Alt dette går også for tobakksduft.

Parfymefri og duftfri gjør ingen syke.


In English

Asthma and hyperreactivity

People with asthma or nasal symptoms due to the hyperresponsiveness of the airways, may get sick even if the gas concentration is quite low. That goes however as much for the smell that most people perceive as good (perfume, flower perfume, smell of incense, etc.).

For people with asthma and hyperreactivity of the airways, it is shown that gas release reactions in the capacity of irritants at a chemical way, asthma is a triggered reaction. The sensitivity (low threshold) for this is not a well researched.

Reactions of ozone illustrates some of this. Smell of ozone (also such as smell of sun warmth on a high moutain) seems to have a threshold around 0.01 to 0.001 ppm. Chemical irritanteffekt of asthma is achieved with a one-hour exposure to 0.2 ppm. There were also objective signs of inflammation in the airways (report by Newson and others in 2000). Ozone binds readily to particles (Note! particulate matter) and can make such a dust more reactive and irritating.

So the conclusion is (and this I say out of experience with asthma and supported by the science). That if a person have a little scent on them, or a room is washed with fragranced washing agents, a airfreshener is used that contains something that an asthmatic person get ill from, and the person(s)/site/fragrance are around them for from a little while to several hours the reaction in asthma comes from one second to an hour or more later depending on the amount of particles the asthmatic get sick from.

A person who got asthma can get the reaction at once, but it is also possible that a person with asthma get a delayed reaction to the allergen/irritant, it come creeping and then hits with a full blow. It all depends on the illness and the kind of allergen, irritant or particle and amount of the stuff the asthmatic is exposed to.

That may be interesting for you to know the next time someone standing beside you start to cough, snivle and get sick. It might not be a cold or influensa they got, but it maybe is  allergy and asthma from the scent you wear that make them sick. All this goes for tobacco scent too.

Fragrance free and scent free make no one sick.

Source: (Norwegian Indoor Clima site)


The environmental impairment by allergy and sensitivity

Most people can go where ever they like, they can do what ever they like, and they take it for granted. They go to work, they got to the store, they go to the movies, training studio, hotels, visit friends and family and many other places without getting ill.

Not everyone is as fortunate. Chemicals are everywhere in the surroundings, in everything we use every day from soap, perfume, cologne, after shave, deodorants, tobacco, washing agents, fabric softeners, shampoo, conditioner, toiletry products, cosmetics, hair color, beauty products like hair spray, hair mousse, hair gel, nail polish, fragranced products, furnitures, cars, petroleum products, paint, houses, plastic, clothes, shoes, water is cleaned with chlorides a.s.o. Our waste we get rid of either tossed in the toilet, flushed down the drains, or it is transported to the waste station, and all this sets its mark on us and on the environment around us together with all the things we use and put on us every day.

It affects the quality of the water and it spreads its chemicals to the lakes and the water. The animals take it in and it travels through the food chain to us, the humans. Chemicals in the everyday use from soap to the diesel you fill your tank which affect the health of the humans. Most people do not think of their cleaning products and washing products for their clothes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, cosmetics with perfume as a threat, not to themselves and not to others.

The plain truth is that all those products contain perfume, and what is perfume? Perfume is partly made from industrial produced oil and petroleum products, undustrial alcohol, among other ingredients and lots of them are a danger to our health in the long run, and can cause cancer, allergies, asthma, mcs, have an effect on our reproduction capability and many other illnesses. They are also a problem for those already sensitive.

Many of the products that the manufacturer state is natural or even organic may contain some chemicals, and also some products like for an example pine, flowers and other natural content, essential oils,and other products also give away fumes of such kind that may trigger the illness to break out.

Now how can this be a handicap?

When people develop allergy, asthma and other lung diseases, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and such diseases they get sick from many or in many cases all of the above mentioned chemicals and products.  A person with allergies, asthma and other lung diseases, MCS and such can get acutely ill from such products. To improve the environmental handicapped’s daily life they have to remove themselves from all of such. Perfume, smoke, scented and chemical filled products others use and chemicals in paint, furnitures, buildings, building materials, plastic and similar, cars, clothes,  pesticides a.s.o are a hazard to the environmental impaired person. A person with environmental handicap by sensitivities can help their own situation to a degree and stop using the products that make them sick, and if they can afford it also build a house, a home from safe materials. But all around there are people who uses all what they get sick from, and places built from materials from unsafe materials.

In shops for an example the location of products and how they are set up in the store can be of great importance to the sensitive persons health. Is it good to let chemicals and chemical filled products stay with food and allergy friendly washing agents and allergy friendly personal hygiene products a.s? Is it good to have the perfume products right beside the cashier desk? Flowers just inside the entrence of a store, is that a good idea? Smoking everywhere in public places, both indoors and outdoors? Clean public room, restaurants a.s. places with high chemical and perfumed washing agents? Probably not, and you will understand why if you continue reading.

What makes it an environmental handicap?

An illness becomes an environmental handicap when the person is prohibited from going places, living places, work, associate with other people in a normal way because if they do they would get sick from chemicals people use, what chemicals are in building materials, workplaces, indoor air environment as well as outdoors a.s.o.

What makes this a problem that most people do not think of, is that most people have some kind of perfume on them. Now you may think and want to say: – No, I have not sprayed perfume on me today! Well, maybe you have not, but still you probably got perfume on you. Think back, what did you put on today? You showered, took a bath or washed yourself, did you use scented products washing yourself? Soap, shower creme, shampoo, conditioner? After that you maybe put some lotion on? Was it perfume in that? And later on did you put on a scented deodorant? And then you combed your hair and maybe styled it. What did you put in your hair? Did you use hairspray? Hair mousse? Hair gel? Hair wax? What was in that? Now it is time to get dressed… The clothes you washed yesterday or another day before.. What wash agent did you use? What about fabric softener? Were they fragranced? What else were in it? If you are a woman you maybe put makeup on. What is it in that? If you are a man you probably used barber foam and maybe aftershave?

Before you even had breakfast you have put on a lot of perfume and chemicals without even thinking about it.

You did not have to take the bottle and spray it to your body, put it behind your ear or smear it on your face.

How can this be a problem?

People who have allergies, asthma and other lung diseases, MCS and other similar illnesses have a reaction to things they are subjected to in the surroundings. For some it takes real small dozes, so small a healthy person would not recognize it. People having asthma react on such as 0,02 ppm substances in the air. They can remove all of what make them sick from themselves and in their own home, but when they go out they meet you and all the others that have their own habits and likes, and that use every day what they like to use without thinking of their use and that they use many bad chemicals.

In addition to all the fragrance products we have perfume, deodorants, aftershaves, cologne and so on. This is the ones that are the strongest smells that contain a lot of  chemicals. And the perfume in the scented products are the same as in the bottle you spray on yourself.

Chemicals you find in most of the things we use everyday, and in most of the buildings we are in and visit everyday Spread in the air we all breathe. Some chemicals are worse than others but all chemicals evaporate and give fumes from themselves that is what make allergic, asthmatic, mcs and similar ill from the exposure of it.

Look out

Look out the window and think of how many things are made from chemicals? How many people are there in the world? And how many of those use perfume or fragrance products? Buildings are they chemical free? Paint? Fabrics? Fillings? Wet protections? Glue? Carpets? What are they made of?

How does this work for those with allergy, asthma, MCS and others with similar illnesses?

The environmental handicap

Allergy, asthma and other lung diseases, MCS and other similar diseases got to do with the capability to stand outer impact on the person being sick. In an environment free from what make those people sick they are not as sick, and in best cases without symptoms.

Environmental Illness Resource:
“Environmental Illness is a term used to describe illness in which environmental triggers play a significant role in producing symptoms, and the illness itself. People suffering from environmental illness may have allergies, be sensitive to certain chemicals, as in multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or be unable to work/stay  in an office or other enclosed environment without becoming ill, which is known as sick building syndrome.”

In an environment with allergens, irritants and products, substances and fumes that have a bad impact on the allergic, asthmatic or other lung disease, MCS sick person they have everything from small to severe symptoms of their illness. Any person that get ill from something would like to remove themselves from what make them ill, in order to feel better. When a person get sick from something in the surroundings (environment) or the symptoms get so bad the person can not be or stay  in the place, location and environment, they have an environmental inhibition. That goes for all buildings public, private and homes, shops, buisnesses, public transportations, hospitals, doctors offices, other health care, a.s.o. Even a person that is stuffed with chemicals – mostly tobacco and perfume or scented products but not excluding other stuff – on them can be an environmental inhibition area, equally with their home, car and such.

So what defines an environmental inhibition?

When a person have an illness that is only a problem some places and the person can be even free from the symptoms of the illness other places where what make the person sick is removed from the premises, it is an environmental inhibition. This is because the surroundings/environment hinders the person from going there. If the same place were cleaned from what make the allergic, asthmatic, MCS or similar get sick from, then the person can enjoy the place without getting sick.

The tobacco smoke, smog, dust, along with perfume, chemical filled and perfume filled cleaning agents, candles, scented candles, incense, airfresheners, and other airborne pollution makes a threat to the environmental inhibited’s health and possibility to be in the environment where this is found, both indoors and outdoors.

It is for an example not uncommon that allergic, asthmatic, MCS and others with sensitivities must “cruise” between and/or away from smoke, perfume and other chemical use in the public room, even outdoors to avoid getting sick. They are chased and forced other places by others use.

Then they can just stay away from it and avoid it?

Yes, that is the theory, but in the real life it is unfortunately often not practically done.

If you have an illness that make you sick from fumes from building materials commonly used, perfumed and scented products, chemical filled and/or perfumed and chemical filled washing agents a.s.o that is used all over every where, where would you go? Maybe you even get sick from the house you live in, because it is built from materials that evaporate fumes that make you ill.

Where would you then go?

The legal and the medical say:

In the lungs that looks almost like a sponge with small pipes air and oxygen is transported. Those pipes are air-ways called Bronchi and out from them springs the even smaller ones called Bronchiole and in the end of those the Alveoli is located. The Alveoli is connected to the blood stream of the body and the blood transports the oxygen to the rest of the body including the brain, liver, kidneys, muscles and so on.

Asthmatics and people with other lung diseases need oxygen too. Air is breathed in through the mouth and nose and goes through the wind-pipe to the lungs. When the air/oxygen arrive to the lungs it is first transported to the bronchi and over into the bronchiole wich then transport the air/oxygen further to the alveoli that is the last stop in the lungs before the oxygen is transported to the rest of the organs in the body.

The bronchiole in an asthmatic person narrows (se img) when subjected to perfume, smoke, dust, exhaust or other things the person having asthma get sick from. When the bronchiole’s narrows it hinder air to get through to the alveoli, and the person get hard to breathe or what we call an asthma attack. When breathing fresh air with no pollution, irritants or allergens in the air breathed in, the asthmatic person usually can breathe rather normally. When a person having an asthma attack get all tight lungs then it is the bronchiole that get inflamed and cramp, and the asthmatic person can not breathe easily. Therefore oxygen can not be transported to the rest of the body and organs. If not helped and the person having asthma do not get to breathe normally again the person can in worst case suffocate. The help needed is to get away from irritants and allergens that make the person sick, and also to give medicine at once. If the person do not get better the person should be brought to the hospital to get stronger medicine.

A little thought here is if the helper, maybe even health medical staff, wear perfume and the asthmatic person is sensitive to it, what will happen?

AstraZeneca on asthma:
“Approximately 300 million people worldwide (year 2010) suffer from asthma. It is estimated that by 2025 there will be an additional 100 million sufferers.”

Related publications: search word: Mannitol test done search word: An ordinary day with asthma search word: What is asthma?

The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority on chemicals “Chemistry is the science of substances or chemicals’ properties, composition and reactions. Chemicals are: Element, Chemical compounds – a substance with a particular form of two or more elements. Mixtures of elements or chemical compounds. Chemicals present in their natural state or they can be industrially manufactured. Chemicals can pose a risk to worker safety and health. You can be exposed to chemicals by inhalation, through skin or if swallowed. What is the risk depends on the chemicals Properties, how and how long you have been exposed. Chemicals can be corrosive, toxic, mutagenic, teratogenic, allergenic and irritating, and some chemicals can cause or increase the incidence of cancer.” Arbeidstilsynet

The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority on smoking: “The employer is responsible for the work environment, including for the protection from smoke in the workplace. All are entitled to a smoke-free working environment. For employees means the Tobacco Act that dispatch offices, workrooms where two or more works or visited, corridors, stairwells, toilets and lifts in the workplace should be free of smoke.”… “It is not allowed to smoke in premises where there is food and / or drink. This includes cafeterias and dining rooms.” … “The outdoors can smoking be permitted if the shielding does not sufficiently restrict natural ventilation, and if smoking is not a nuisance.” …. ” Entrences and such places should also be smoke free.” … “Remember that you have no right to smoke in relation to the work.” Arbeidstilsynet

EI Resource on MCS: “Martin Pall is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University and Research Director of The Tenth Paradigm Research Group. He has focused his research efforts on multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other interconnected multi-system illnesses for a number of years and developed arguably the most complete theory for their pathophysiology. His basic hypothesis states that an initial stressor of some kind (e.g. acute pesticide exposure, viral infection, physical trauma etc) initiate a response in the body that while protective and helpful in the short-term, becomes pathological in the long-term and leads to symptoms and illness. This he proposes is what happens in MCS, the reaction to the stressor never gets switched off and the resulting biochemical dysfunction causes and perpetuates the illness.”

The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications on public transportations “From 1 April 2006 The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Norway has made the law and regulations for bus companies harder when it comes to adjusting conditions for physically impared. The rules are also for those with asthma and allergy.” The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications

“According to Norwegian public reports,
NOU 2005: 8 on equality and accessibility. Legal protection against discrimination on the basis of disability. Defined disability as: “Functional inhibition occurs when there is a gap between an individual’s capabilities and ambient design or function requirements in the surroundings/environment/buildings a.s.” This is also known as: The Act on prohibition against discrimination on the basis of disability (Discrimination and Accessibility Act)

Professor dr. med. em. Kjell Aas on the inhibition: “Environment Inhibition is such a disability, but it is a hidden and anonymous disability that is little known. Health workers and the general public knows too little about this disability. Lack of knowledge and lack of understanding creates major problems for those affected.” … “It is known that the number of  environmental inhibited, ie asthma  analysts and allergies, is high and the possible increase.” … “The word environment inhibition is used as an umbrella term for a variety of conditions with environmental intolerance ie hypersensitivity there something in the environment lead to disease and ailments of such strength that the affected person can not stay healthy and function normally in the environment.” … “It includes both well-defined respiratory symptoms with accepted diagnosis, such as bronchial asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis” …  “Some allergies are so severe that the disease can be triggered by very little of the relevant allergens. Many people with asthma have severe hyperresponsiveness (of irritability) in the airways that provide asthma exacerbation when exposed to different kinds of air pollution.” … “Chemical environmental intolerance of others and unknown mechanisms include people with fragrance sensitivities and people with what is popularly called “indoor air illness”. They are sick from air pollution that most people tolerate well. They get headaches, dry and irritated mucous membranes, nausea, unusual fatigue, difficulty with concentration, perception and memory, and other subjective feeling of poor health. Not few feel completely knocked out with symptoms that can resemble a kind of poisoning. Symptoms can occur suddenly or after a couple of minutes and hours. They can last from several hours to several days. This includes complaints without objective signs and therefore can not be proved, but not disproved. There are large individual differences. When the environmental inhibition caused by allergies or asthma with hyperreactivity can be much objectified and you have a lot of research based knowledge. For the climate-related disease, odor intolerance and other environmental intolerance there is little relevant research and such research is very demanding.” … “Although the chemical causes are obvious, the mechanism is not well known for MCS. It is presented several theoretical explanations that in part based on known and unknown biochemical phenomena and partly to possible malfunctions in the network between the olfactory bulb and the so-called limbic system (the animal brain) in the brain.””  Professor dr. med. em. Kjell Aas

So what is the point?

Now when you got the knowledge, you got the tool to make the environment better for your fellow man.

By the pen
Annelie Elisabeth Molin


At Rodale we can read “The new research detected that the labels of popular perfumes don’t list harmful fragrance chemicals linked to sperm damage, hormone disruption which is linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems, reproductive toxicity, and allergy problems. The study was released on the heels of the President’s Cancer Panel report, which suggests environmental factors like hormone-disrupting chemicals in consumer products, plastics, and pesticides used on our food could be causing many more cases of cancer than initially believed. … The Cancer Panel report recommends that pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant avoid exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns. These chemicals that may play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances analyzed for this study. … “Secondhand scents are also a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others ” second page:  “Just because your favorite fragrance wasn’t on the list doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, harmful fragrance chemicals are used in thousands of products and are not listed on the label. It seems like you should have the right to know how these seemingly innocent perfumes and colognes are affecting your health. But unfortunately, manufacturers don’t have to list warnings or even the actual ingredients used in fragrance blends, on the label. And the problem isn’t limited to perfumes and body sprays. We are blasted with harmful synthetic fragrances everyday in the form of scented cleaners, hair spray and dyes, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, and body sprays. Research is finding that many of these scented products interfere with our hormones, which regulate how our bodily systems function.” One of the coalition members for this research was the Breast Cancer Fund.  Read the whole story:

Pulmonary Clinic at Ålesund Hospital, Norway
 I have also personally been talking to people having MCS and through that harvested knowledge about the illness – MCS-People

Here is another link I recommend:
What is environmental illness?

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Yes, ban smoking – tobacco is damaging to everyones health

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Ifølge Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet utsettes 100.000 barn for passiv røyking her i landet.

Ja, forby røyken – Der er fortsatt altfor mange som tenker på egen vilje og behov føregen helse og barna sine i dette og som ikke tenker på at de skader barna. Her står om risikoen for å gi barna kreft. Men kreft er ikke det eneste du kan få av røyk. Jeg fikk astma i voksen alder bla pga røyking bland mine kolleger på arbeidsplassen. Selv har jeg aldri røyket, og nå kan jeg ikke omgåes folk der det blir røyket, det gjelder også utendørs faktisk. Jeg kan ikke stå sammen med flere som røyker fordi da blir jeg sjuk. Skal jeg snakke med e’n som røyker ute så må jeg tenke på vindretninga slik at jeg ikke får røyken på meg, ellers blir jeg sjuk. Astma er en lungesjukom, den er kronisk og det betyr at jeg må leve med det hele livet. Svært hemmende sosialt, bortsett fra ubehaget å ikke kunne puste normalt da jeg blir sjuk. Er det dette du ønsker for barnet ditt og barn til de som ikke har skjønn å ikke utsette barn for røyk, du som er negativ til restriksjonere om røyking der barn er? Er altfor ofte jeg ser voksne som sitter og røyker i bilen og har barna med seg, venter på bussen røykende med ungene ved siden av seg, eller som røyker under vifta hjemme o.l. Les Norges Astma-og Allergiforbund ( som sier at det å røyke under vifta og tro det ikke blir røyk i boligen pga det er å lure seg selv.  Eller les Arbeidstilsynet ( der de skriver at om en person røyker en sigarett i et rom om 10 kvadratmeter uten ventilasjon så innholder den lufta like mye forurensninger som er målt i Olso i løpet av en dag, og andre sider kan du lese at tobakksrøyk innholder flere enn 2500 gifter og kjemiske stoffer som er svært helseskadelige. Og alle som har gått på skolen og lest fysikk og kjemi vet at ved forbrenning av stoffer skjer en kjemisk reaksjon. Brenner du en sigarett får du ikke bare i deg de stoffene som er der, men der skjer også en del kjemisk med de stoffene pga forvandlingen av de da du faktisk starter en forbrenning avden kjemiske innholden i tobakken. For meg og andre er også røyking et problem fordi om jeg / de vil flytte, kjøpe brukt bil, brukt båt, brukt campingvogn, brukt hytte mv så må jeg /de kjøpe en som ikke er røyket i ellers blir jeg /de sjuk. Det er så ille. Å bli utsatt for røyk er en helsefare og den må takast alvorlig og ikke latterliggjøres. Så du som synes det er ok at barn skal bli utsatt for røyk, at det skal være lovlig det, og så skal de risikere å få det som meg og kanskje i verste fall også få kreft som de kan dø av? Og alt fordi voksne må være egoist og ikke tenker på barns helse men kun på at de MÅ kunne få gjøre som de ønsker når de så ønsker det. Du som mener det du må være helt tullen du spør du meg.

Om man har et bruk av et stoff som man ikke greier å la være å bruke så er det en avhengighet på likt med misbruk av andre stoffer, og da trenger man hjelp med avvenning. Man er ikke født med en sigarett i munnen, det er røykerne som skal vise hensyn til medmenneskene, og ikke motsatt. Du blir ikke plaget av at jeg eller andre sitter ved siden av deg og IKKE røyker, men jeg og mange andre blir både plaget og sjuk av å sitte eller stå ved siden av deg som røyker, så jeg bare spør:

– Hvem er det som skal vise hensyn synes du?

Ja, nettopp slik er det. Man har lyst å være ute, man har lyst å kunne treffe folk, men man må gå slalom mellom røykerne for å unngå å få det på seg. Man har lyst å sette seg på en benk, eller på en utekafe, eller et utespsiested, men man kan ikke det fordi der sitter folk og røyker. Uten at røykerne mener det så blir man jaget fra stedet – man blir jaget av røyken. Jeg har vært ute med venner på byen og vi har villet ta en pils i sola sammen, men da må vi først finne et sted der jeg kan være med og et sted der ikke er folk som røyker. Er der intet sted uten røyking da blir det ikke pils på noen av oss. Det påvirker mange, ikke bare oss med astma, men også våres venner. Og det skjer at man sitter en plass og spiser, drikker kaffe eller bare tar den pilsen i sola og så tar naboen opp røyken, setter fyr på den og blåser ut… da er det gjord. Jeg kjenner stressen blusse opp innvendig og jeg ser meg om etter vindretninga, blåser det på meg? Hvor mange er det som røyker rundt meg? Sitter det røykere ved flere bord? Jeg begynner så kjenne meg jaget.. må jeg gå? Sitter en stund til og ser meg urolig om. Det begynner å tette i lungene og jeg hoster. Det blir mere røyk, det tetter enda mere. Nå må jeg gå. Jeg må komme meg til frisk luft og ta medisin. Så var den middagen, den kaffen eller den pilsen i solen med vennene over og forbi. Jeg må bare fare hjem… Slik er hverdagen for en med astma.

Og røykerne sier de kjenner seg jaget? Det som virkelig jager er den røyken som uregerlig sprer seg i alle retninger ustyrlig og der er ingen andre måter å komme unna på enn å bare gå fra plassen. Man blir jaget vekk. Koste jeg meg før? Har inget å si, jeg må bare komme meg vekk fra røyka deres. Og det med astmaanfall har du så rett i. Jeg har fram til dette ble skrivet hatt tre store og måtte til sjukehuset for å få medisin i en maskin.

Hvordan er det da å ha et astmaanfall? Først kjenner man retningen, så kjenner man hosten komme… det er lungene som fylles med slim, og kramper, og som forsøker få luft. Så kjenner man det som om noen står på brystkassa mens man forsøker puste, det går tungt å heve pusten, man piper og rosler når man puster og man forsøker få pust. Man kjenner det går bare dårligere og dårligere å puste. Man kjenner at det blir tett i lungene, det er lungene som blir fyllt med slim av irritasjonen pga stoffene man ikke tåler, og de trekker seg sammen i kramper, det blir tyngre og tyngre å puste. Man sliter. Så begynner man kjenne av oksygenmangelen… Man får ikke pust, og da får man ikke luft, og da blir det oksygenmangel til slutt… Må ha medisin… Må ha frisk luft… Hjelper da ikke medisinen, da må jeg ha hjelp. Dette er hverdagen til en med astma. Og røykerne kjenner seg jaget?

Der er medisin ja, men medisinen tar bare bort en del av de verste plagene. Den boter ikke plagen. Jeg og mange andre tar f.eks medisin hver dag for å FOREBYGGE å bli alvorlig sjuk. Men jeg akkurat som veldig mange andre må likevel unngå det vi blir sjuke av, f.eks tobakksrøyk, parfyme, os,  o.l. for å ikke bli sjuk, og vi må ta medisin for å i tidlig stadie avhjelpe de ganger jeg blir sjuk for å unngå at det skal bli alvorlig. Det er nemlig slik når man har astma at om man ikke får medisin straks da man får en astmakjenning, går det for lenge da får man et astmaanfall da blir det verre jo lengre man venter med medisinering. Tidlig behandling gjør at man fortere blir grei igjen. Men det er avhengig  av at man kan unngå det som gjorde en sjuk i fortsetningen. En astmatikere har alltid medisin med seg, og tar medisin for å forebygge og for å avhjelpe problemen. Nettopp for at det ikke skal gå galet. Det er inget å være redd for. Men trenger en astmatiker hjelp da må du hjelpe. Astma er ikke å kimse av nei. Der er flere grader av astma, og man kan ha astma mot mange forskjellige ting. Der er ikke kun en form for astma. Noen er astmatiske mot pollen, andre kun mot parfume, noen er sensitive mot dyr eller mat, eller så kan man være astmatisk mot mange ting – altså multisensitiv. Jeg er f.eks astmatisk mot kjemikalier, tobakksrøyk, parfume m.v men ikke mot pollen, hund, katt, mat o.l. Har man astma blir man ikke sjuk av alt, bare det man ikke tåler. Hvorfor skriver jeg da dette? Ikke for å klage eller for å synes synd på meg selv eller for å jage røykere, men for å informere og gi en annen side og syn på tingenes tilstand. Ta det pent med din egen og andres helse. Ha en fin dag, og du som røyker… Tenk på å ikke blåse røyk i retning av andre. Du vet ikke hvem som blir sjuk av det.

Forsker vil forby røyken –
Leder ved HUNT forskningssenter i Trondheim vil ha et totalforbud mot røyking her i landet.
Vill forby røyken hjemme – Sunnmørsposten

Overtakelse av bolig røyket i – Sunnmørsposten

In English

According to the Ministry of Health and Care Services in Norway 100,000 children exposed to passive smoking in this country.

Yes, banning cigarettes – There are still too many who think of their own will and needs before their own health and their children in this, and do not think of that they damage the children. Here stands the risk of giving children cancer. But cancer is not the only thing you can get from smoking. I got asthma in adult life due to indoor smoking among my colleagues at work. Although I have never smoked myself, now I can not associate with people where there is smoke, there is also about outdoors indeed. I can not stand along with several who smoke because then I get sick. Should I talk to some who smoke outside so I have to think on wind direction so that I do not get smoke at me and I have to stand far away, otherwise I become ill. Asthma is a lung desiese, it is chronic and that means I have to live with it all my life. ASthma is very anti-social in the way that one have to avoid situations where one get sick, but the discomfort being unable to breathe normally when I get sick is there also. Is this what you want for your child and the children of those who did not have discretion not to expose children to smoke, you are negative to the smoke regulations where children are? Too often I see adults who sits and smokes in the car and have children with him, waiting for the bus with the kids smoking next to them, or who smoke during the fan at home, etc. Read the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association ( stating that smoking under the fan and believe there is smoke in the house because it is deceiving itself. Or read The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority ( where they write that if a person smokes one singel cigarette in a room about 10 square meters with no ventilation so it contains the same amount of air pollutants that are measured in Olso during a day, and other pages you can read that tobacco smoke contains more than 2500 toxins and chemicals that are extremely harmful. And anyone who has gone to school and read physics and chemistry knows that the combustion of substances a chemical reaction occurs. Burning a cigarette, you get not only provides the drugs are there, but there’s also chemical process adding to the ones already there because of the transformation when you actually start a combustion of the chemical content of tobacco. For me and others are also smoking a problem because if I / they want to move, buy a used car, used boats, used caravans, used cabin etc. then I / they has to buy one that is not smoked in or I / they get sick. It’s actually is that bad. Exposure to smoke is a health hazard and must be taken seriously and not ridiculed. So you who think it is ok for children to be exposed to smoke, that it should be legal, and then they risk getting it as me and others, and maybe at worst also get cancer as they can die of? And all because the adults have to be selfish and not thinking about children’s health but only that they should be able to do what they want when they want it. You think that you have to be absolutely kidding you ask me.

In addition lungs of a child is even more sensitive than a lung of an adult.

If you have a use of a substance that make you dependent of it, it is a subastance as any other one can be dependant of. Then it is a dependency of the same with the abuse of other substances, and you need help with stopping the use. People are not born with a cigarette in their mouth, it’s smokers who will have to show respect and consideration to fellow humans, and not the opposite. You will not be bothered by that I or others sitting next to you and do not smoke, but I and many others are both troubled and get sick from sitting or standing next to you who smoke, so I just ask:

– Who should show respect and consideration do you think?

Yes, that’s how it is. One want to go out, one want to be there, they want to meet people, but you must go criss cross between smokers to avoid getting it on you. Even I who have asthma like to sit on a bench or in a pavement cafe, or a outdoor diner, but one can not because there are people smoking and stinking from perfume, or even scent branding and scented candles. But as a person sensitive you can not because of being chased from places – you are being chased by the smoke pollution. I’ve been out with friends in town and we wanted to have a beer in the sun together, but we must first find a place where I can be with and a place where no people smoke. Is there no place without smoking then there will be no beer at any of us. It affects many people, not just us with asthma, but also our friends. And it happens that you sit one place and eat, drink coffee or just have a beer in the sun and then somone lights up the smoke next door, fire up and blowing out … then it’s over and done. I feel the stress flare up inside and I look around for the wind direction, is the smoke blowing at me? How many are there who smoke around me? Are there any smokers on several tables? It’ll start chasing me know .. need I go now? Sitting for a while and looking to check the situation. The smoke starts to clog the lungs and I cough. There are more smoke, it clogs the lungs the more. Now I must go. I have to get away get to fresh air and take medicine. So the dinner, the coffee or the beer in the sun with friends are over. I just have to go home because of the smoke from the neighbouring table … Such is life for people with sensitivites. Look around you, how many are there smokers? And smokers say they feel chased?

What is really chasing is the smoke unrulely spreading in all directions and there is no other way to get away than to just walk from the place. You get chased away. Did I enjoy myself before it happend? It has nothing to say in it, I just have to get away from their smoke. And with asthma have you looked straight in. I have until this was printed had three large asthma attacks and had to the hospital to get medicine from a machine.

How is it having an asthma attack? First one to get to know one an irritation in the lungs, then one start coughing…  it’s the lungs getting filled with mucus and cramping, and trying to get air. So one feels as if someone is standing on your chest while trying breathing, it is difficult to raise your breath, and one strive to get air when breathing and trying to breathe. You can feel it just goes worse and worse to breathe. One feels that it will be tight in the lungs, the lungs are being filled with mucus of irritation because the substances one can not tolerate, and they pull together in convulsions, becomes heavier and heavier breathing. Is struggling. So one begin the feel the lack of oxygen … You do not breathe properly because there are not enough space in the lungs for the lungs to pass because fo the mucus and the lung cramps, and then you get no air, and then there will be a lack of oxygen in the end … Must have medicine … Must have fresh air … If the medicine do not help, thenone  must have help. This is everyday life for people with sensitivites like asthma. And smokers feel chased?

There is medicine, yes, but the medication only takes away some of the worst issues of the illness. It does not clear the smoke from the lungs. It does not cure the illness. I and many others take medicine every day to prevent being seriously ill. But I just like so many others must still avoid it what we become sick from, eg tobacco smoke, perfume, gases, etc. to avoid getting too easily sick, also even more when being affected by what make us ill like tobacco smoke. We need to take medicine for the early stages remedy the times we get sick to avoid it to be serious. There are in fact so when you have asthma that if you do not get the medicine as soon as you get an asthma acquaintance, waiting for a long time when you get an asthma attack when it gets worse the longer you wait medication. Early treatment makes you  better faster. But it depends on that you can avoid it as made you sick. An asthma medicine a asthma sick person always must carry with them and take medicine to prevent and to remedy the problem. To prevent it from getting bad. It is nothingt to be afraid of. But if need an asthmatic need help and then you need to help. Asthma is nothing to mess around with. There are several degrees of asthma, and one can have asthma from many different things. There is not only one type / degree of asthma. Some are for example asthmatic to pollen, some only to the parfume /fragrance / scent, some are sensitive to animals or food or other stuff, or you can be asthmatic to many things – that is multi sensitive. I’m such asthmatic to chemicals, tobacco smoke, parfume etc. but not to pollen, dog, cat, food, etc. so for me your dog is not problem, but your perfume is and then you may become a problem. If you have asthma you are not sick all the time, jus when inhaling or eating something hazardous to you. Why do I write as this? Not to complain or to feel sorry for myself or to chase smokers, but to inform and provide a different side and view on things. Take it nicely with your own and others’ health. Have a nice day and you who smoke … Remember not to blow smoke in the direction of others. You do not know who gets sick of it.

Researcher will ban smoke –
The leader of the HUNT Research Centre in Trondheim will have a total ban on smoking in this country.
Whant a smoke ban at home – Sunnmørsposten

Buying or renting of residential smoked in – Sunnmørsposten