Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.


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Public consultation on the review of the #European #Disability Strategy 2010-2020 #EU #asthma #allergy to #fragrance #astma #parfyme #parfym

EU ask for Your opinion!

“There are approximately 80 million citizens with disabilities in the EU, who often face barriers that prevent them from fully participating in all aspects of life on an equal basis with others. In its commitment to eliminate these barriers and improve the life of people with disabilities, the EU became a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Convention). Implementing the Convention is an ongoing process and it is a shared responsibility of the EU institutions and the Member States. The EU can only act within the powers conferred to it by the EU treaties. A first review of the EU’s implementation of the UN Convention, done by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, recognized the progress achieved until now, but also provided some recommendations for the future.

At EU level, the UN Convention is implemented through the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. This Strategy has identified eight main areas for action at EU level: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health and External Action. Having reached the halfway point in its implementation, the European Commission launches this public consultation in order to assess its impact and to ensure EU policy remains tailored to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities.

This questionnaire asks for your opinion on what has been achieved so far at EU level, your views on the challenges faced by all persons with disabilities and how the European Union should address them. We appreciate all replies from citizens, organisations, public authorities, businesses, academics and other stakeholders.

We will use the findings of this public consultation to assess the progress made under the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and to identify gaps to be addressed at EU level to ensure the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society.” ec.europa.eu

Completing the survey should take about 20 minutes.

Give #EU your opinion on your fragrance #availability issues, scream at the top of your lungs! Tell them about your issues in a fragrances world. Here is your possibility to inform them. (link in Swedish and English below)

Swedish
https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/c29a28c8-9a4b-cada-17ba-f81c55580c51?surveylanguage=sv

English
https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/c29a28c8-9a4b-cada-17ba-f81c55580c51?surveylanguage=en


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Ban #ScentMarketing aka #FragranceMarketing #doftmarkedsføring #doftsattemiljøer #parfyme #doft #duftmarkedsføring #markedsføring @astmaallergi @helsedir @regjeringen @kronprinsparet @likestilling @mittombud

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Forby parfymering av innendørs miljø

Fra artikkelen:

“Parfymdofter är ett hinder för personer som är överkänsliga mot parfym.

Det medför svårigheter att vistas i olika offentliga inomhusmiljöer på grund av andras parfymdoft. Exempel på (icke att bli begränsat till) sådana miljöer är butiker, arbetsplatser, skolor, vården, i kulturlivet och i kollektivtrafiken.

Astma- och Allergiförbundet vill uppmärksamma doftöverkänslighet för att det är ett stort problem för så många.

Förbundet kräver nu att doftsättning i offentliga inomhusmiljöer förbjuds.

Det finns i dag företag som ägnar sig åt att ”doftsätta” butiker, köpcentrum och hotell – miljöer som där våra medlemmar inte kan vistas i.

Doftöverkänslighet, även kallat sensorisk hyperreaktivitet/SHR, är relativt vanligt bland vuxna – drygt sex procent uppfyller kriterierna för medicinsk diagnos.

Långt fler, omkring 33 procent anger själva att de har någon form av doftöverkänslighet.

Det finns inte någon medicinsk behandling som botar doftöverkänslighet utan de som är drabbade är hänvisade till att undvika dofter och är därför beroende av omgivningens hänsyn.

Doftöverkänslighet anses bero på en ”överretbarhet” i det sensoriska nervsystemet. Vanliga symtom är luftvägsbesvär (hosta, andnöd, heshet, slembildning), irritation i ögon, näsa eller hals eller mer allmänna symtom (huvudvärk, yrsel, trötthet, svettningar).

Symtomen kan påminna om astma eller allergi men har andra orsaker. Besvären kan hålla i sig i flera dagar och leda till sjukfrånvaro även om man bara utsätts för parfymdoft en kort stund.” svt.se

I grunn er det allerede forbudt da det bryter mot den Norske Diskriminerings- og Tilgjengelighetsloven.

E-post fra Likestillings og Diskrimineringsombudet LDO til Alena Jula (publisert med tillatelse av Alena Jula):

“Parfymeallergi og andre typer miljøhemminger regnes som en form for nedsatt funksjonsevne som er beskyttet av Diskriminerings- og Tilgjengelighetsloven.
Friheten til å fungere i samfunnet skal være lik for alle. Også tiltak for allergikere, herunder parfymefrie produkter, kan omfattes. Dette er særlig viktig ved offentlige og private virksomheter hvor personer av ulike grunner har behov for å oppholde seg. Med diskriminering menes direkte og indirekte forskjellsbehandling!” Likestillings- og Diskrimineringsombudet LDO, Norge

Forby parfymering / duftsetting av innendørs luft  i Norge, i Sverige, ja rentav i hele Europa.

Å reagere med sjukdom på parfymert og duftsatt inneluft det gjelder også astma og allergi, så da må man telle et høyere antall enn oppgitt i artikkelen. Jeg har astma og tåler ikke det som nevnt i artikkelen, det er ikke kun kjemisk intolerante som ikke tåler det. Det er ikke noe kjekt å måtte fly et toalett da man er i behov fordi det er montert en doftmaskin på veggen, eller å måtte gå ut av en butikk eller annet lokal fordi dem har parfymert inneluften. Vil dem ikke ha kunder?

“Astma og allergi kan være invalidiserende og kan forårsake tap av levetid.” Arbeidstilsynet 2009

Det er ikke bare disse og oss som sliter med det som styrker et forbud.

Astma og allergi kan være invalidiserende og kan forårsake tap av levetid pga nedsatt funksjonsevne i lungen og helse. Det er anerkjent som et handikap av både FN, WHO og Likestillings- og diskrimineringsombudet (LDO). Personer med astma og allergi som har hyperreaktive luftveier (skal ikke forveksles med hyperaktive) mot bl.a parfyme i omgivelsene blir ikke godt nok ivaretatt i samfunnet hva gjelder tilgjengelighet pga at mennekser har en s.k. påstått rett å bruke ting som gjør andre sjuke, dette er til tross for at mennesker med astma og allergi har et lovvern i Lov om forbud mot diskriminering på grunn av nedsatt funksjonsevne (diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven), lov om miljø og vern av ren luft osv: Forskrift om miljørettet helsevern, FNs konvensjon om rettighetene til mennesker med nedsatt funksjonsevne, og World Health Organization (WHO): Global surveillance, prevention and control of CHRONIC RESPIRATORY DISEASES.

Man bryter loven med påskudd om mote, økt salg, å få kunder å bli lengre i butikker osv, og på samme tid så stenger man ute tusentalls av personer hvert år fra å delta og bruke tilbudet. Det gir også økt sjukdom, økt sjukefravær, økte kostnader for både samfunnet og privatpersonen det gjelder, det gir personlig lidende, der er til og med personer som er uføretrygdet fordi dem ikke kan være i samfunnet, arbeide og gjøre alle de tingene som andre kan da luften er forurenset med parfymestoffer. Her er det mye å spare for alle, både for den enkelte og samfunnet. Ved å forby tilsetning av parfymer og sk duft, les parfymestoffer, i inneluften blir folk friskere, og samfunnet sparer store summer med penger da fler kan bevege seg i samfunnet, fler kan arbeide, og det blir færre sjukemeldinger.

Hvorfor fortsette å godkjenne bruk av produkter som skader og som koster samfunnet penger? Hva er viktigst tilgjengelighet, helse og miljø eller retten til overfladisk jåleri?

Les også: https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/perfume-and-air-pollution-or-second-hand-fragrance/

 

In English

Ban indoors scenting of air

From the article:

“Fragrances are an obstacle for people who are allergic / sensitive to perfume.

It causes difficulty staying in various public indoor environments because of other people’s perfume / fragrance. Examples (not to be limited to) of such environments, shops, workplaces, schools, health care, cultural life and in public transport.

Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association want to pay attention to scent hypersensitivity it is a big problem for so many.

The union now requires scenting in indoor public areas is prohibited.

Today there are companies dedicated to the scenting stores, shopping centers and hotels – environments where our members can not enter and therefore not be allowed in.

Fragrance hypersensitivity, also called sensory hyperreactivity / SHR (or in English MCS), is relatively common among adults – slightly more than six percent meet the criteria for medical diagnosis.

Far more, about 33 percent say themselves that they have some kind of odor hypersensitivity, read reaction to for example fragrance chemicals off gassing to the air.

There is no medical treatment that cures odor hypersensitivity, but those affected are obliged to avoid smells and are therefore dependent on ambient considerations.

Fragrance Hypersensitivity be due to a “over stimulation” in the sensory nervous system. Common symptoms include respiratory problems (coughing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, phlegm), irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat or more general symptoms (headache, dizziness, fatigue, sweating).

Symptoms may remind you of asthma or allergy, but has other causes. Symptoms may persist for several days and lead to sick leave even if you are only exposed to perfume a short while. ” svt.se

Basically it’s already prohibited in Norway when it violate against The Discrimination and Accessibility Act.

E-mail from the Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman LDO to Alena Jula (published with permission by Alena Jula):

“Perfume Allergy and other types environmental inhibitions are regarded as a form of disability protected Discrimination and Accessibility Act.
The freedom to function in society should be equal for all. Also measures for preventing allergies, including perfume-free products is covered by the act. This is particularly important in public and private enterprises where people of different reasons need to go and be there / reside. With discrimination is meant direct and indirect discrimination.” The Equality and Anti-discrimination ombudsman LDO, Norway

Prohibit perfuming / fragrance setting of indoor air in Norway, Sweden, yes throughout Europe.

Reacting with illness in scented and fragrance added indoor air it also applies to asthma and allergies, so then you have to count higher numbers than stated in the article. I have asthma and can not tolerate fragrancing of indoor air like mentioned in the article, it is not only chemically intolerant who can not tolerate it. It is no fun having to flee a toilet when one are in need because it is mounted a scent machine on the wall, or having to go out of a store or other locality because them have scented indoor air. Do they not want customers?

“Asthma and allergies can be debilitating and can cause loss of life.” Norwegian Labour Inspectorate 2009

It is not just these and us struggling with it who supports a ban.

Asthma and allergies can be debilitating and can cause loss of life span due to disability in lung health. It is recognized as a disability by the UN, WHO and Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud (LDO). People with asthma and allergies that have hyperreactive airways (not to be confused with hyperactive) agains fragrance / scent / perfume in the environment are not adequately safeguarded in society as regards availability because that human lives has a so called alleged right to use things that make others sick, this is despite the fact that people with asthma and allergies have a legal protection of the Act prohibiting discrimination on grounds of disability (Discrimination and Accessibility Act), the law on the environment and the protection of clean air etcetera: Regulations on environmental health, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the World Health Organization (WHO) Global surveillance, prevention and control of chronic RESPIRATORY DISEASE.

People violates the law on the wanting for fashion, increasing sales, getting customers to stay longer in stores, etc., and at the same time so do one exclude thousands of people each year from participating and use the same places. It provides increased illness, increased sick absence, increased costs for both society and the private individual concerned, it gives personal suffering, there are even people who are receiving disability benefits because those can not be in society, work, and do all the things that others may when the air is polluted with fragrances. Here there is much to save for all, both for the individual and society. By prohibiting the addition of perfumes and fragrance so called fragrance marketing and else fragrancing of air, read perfume substances in indoor air are people healthier, and community saving large sums of money when those sensitive can move in society, can work, and there are fewer sick leaves, and less on disabilitiy benefits.

Why continue to authorize the use and selling of products that damage health and costing society money? What is most important accessibility, health and the environment or the right superficial glamour?

Also read: https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/perfume-and-air-pollution-or-second-hand-fragrance/

/ Annelie


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Disabled and managing

A inspiration and a thruth forward bringing experience

I today saw this video about a girl named Jen who dispite her disability broke though. She is a fantastic girl and a real inspiration for all with handicaps. But not all with handicaps are as lucky to be able to break through their handicap. People with lung diseases have a handicap. No, you say? Well, they have. The definition of a handicap is

Lung diseases such as asthma among other, allergies, and other sensitivities is a handicap. How so? A handicap is defined:

“According to the Norwegian public reports,” NOU 2005: 8 of equality and accessibility. Legal protection against discrimination on grounds of disability. Defined disability as “Disability occurs when there is a gap between the individual’s abilities and design or function in surroundings / environment / buildings.” “

So when the indoor air is polluted by fragrance, scent, chemicals and other pollutants the room is no longer accessable.

So why this comparation with the persons with disability moving? First I have to say I do NOT say it is a easy life having no legs, have problem walking or lacking any lim and being disabled that way, They can many times (even if not everyone) get around it using a chair, or other help and pure will.  I do see it can be a real problem having such disability. But for people with the disability lung disease is are handicaped in a way crusual for organs crusual for living. When you pollute the air we all shall breathe it makes the room unaccessable and we can not just jump around to get over it.

Some would say it is only to put on a mask. But there is a big problem with that. What if one need to eat, drink, or talk with someone? If you remove your mask you are not protected anymore.

This is a really truly ispiring girl and she is worth all the praise she can get, and I am glad for her that she found her sister and did so well in her sport.

I just want to put everything in perspective to make you see that even if some handicaps are relatively easy to overcome, not all are and sometimes you have to give to make it possible for others to join. Please go fragrane free, smoke free and vaping free so all with lung diseases and senstivities can jump too.

And if you get provoced by this, try to walk a mile in our shoes.


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Internet discussion on fragrance

Here I add comments on fragrance online to show there are not few. From time to time comments surfe up and I aim to qoute them. This will be updated over time.

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Bjarne Olsen says “I think fragrance should be forbidden. Many of the kids in child care are not able to say no when something gives them discomfort. At the bus, the train, the tube, one suffocate from fragrance.  Not to mention the cashier workers chewing gum.”

 

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Ms. Marianne says:
“I want a ban against hairspray, chewing gum and fragrance. In this moment I am sitting on the bus and a lady is spraying her hair in hairspray, and the boy behind me must have bathed in his whole perfume bottle… and a ban would be a blessing. …”

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“… What about banning fragrance and let it be obligated to shower… ”

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“What about over use of fragrance?”

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“I agree with Bjarne Olsen who says

‘Solveig R G So it is ok for you that people get difficulty breathing because you want to use the fragrance you like. About making remarks, it is you who talk to much. ‘

I am one of those who get breathing problems from fragrance people use, it goes also for hairspray,  bodyspray, aftershave and so on. It is so easy to judge others when you have not walked a mile in their shoes. Try suffocating on your own lungs because of fragrance Solveig R G and let’s see if you get it later.”

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Bjarne says: “Solveig R So it is great for you that others get breathing problems and asthma attacks just because you want to use the perfume you whant. About making remarks on things, it is you being such a blabber mouth.”

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Mrs Alena Jula says: “Oh yes, it would be wonderful having a fragrance ban in the public room. Damn how people stink from fragrance, and fragrance products like fabric softener, washing agents, deodorants, shampoo, lotion, it is no longer possible to avoid the chemical stench. Have people not heard there is fragrance free alternatives? ”

/ Annelie


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When you fragrance, Ida get ill – Side2.no

I collect testimonials from people who become ill from fragrance use. I do this because I want to make it visible that it is a bigger problem than people might think. The reason I blog about this is to spead information. Ida is a 12 year old girl who become ill from fragrance use. Read Ida’s story (I qoute):

When you are using perfume, Ida becomes ill

“-I get very ill when I sit next to someone with perfume or hairspray. The very worst spot Ida (12) may reside, are tax-free at the airport. – I get sick and get headache, says Ida to Side2. Continue reading


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Sensitive to fragrance – Bea had enough! – ungaallergiker.blogspot.se

This is about Bea that goes to school and she have both asthma, allergies and MCS and struggle with lack of understanding, lack of consideration, lack of caring and use of fragrance. Read her story:

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Bea has had enough!

“A call comes in to us here at Young Allergy sufferers during last week. It is one of our members is calling, Bea is her name. Exhausted and distraught, turns Bea to us. She suffers from fragrance hypersensitivity and even though Bea has had a serious attack at school, they refuse to ban perfume. Continue reading


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An interesting conversation

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Internet discussion on fragrance and use

Today I had an interesting conversation with a perfumer. We can call her just Kari, I will not tell her whole name. It made me start a new thread here on my blog. I even gave it a own menu and tag. It is likely I will add more of this later on.

This conversation show some of the attitudes to us who have a problem with fragrance use. I answered her in my own way. Continue reading


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Want Fragrance free children care in Porsanger

Porsanger Norway

Porsanger Municipality want to work for fragrance free child care – Kindergartens – for all the small Wonders  of the Municipality.

Parfymefri Porsanger-helside

 

A more Close up of the article. (Norwegian) Please, click the image to get a easier Reading.

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Source: Faximilie of Sagat News paper Wednesday 9 April 2014. Sent to me by I. H. Hansen.


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Sensitive to fragrance – Ailo Spjellok – Barnastma.se

Scent sensitive – Hyperreactive

Ailo’s story

Research suggests thatone-third of us feel any kind of discomfort due to strong scents. If you are an adult, you can change seats on the bus if you’re sitting next to someone with a strong scent on, but what does a child exposed to what can give an allergic reaction do?

Ailo is ten years and received the diagnosis of non- allergic asthma when he was just under two years. Something that he reacts strongly to the scents; it can be about flowers, smoke, or fragranced products. It works fine at school so far, says mom Anneli, well aware that children ten years old are not yet any large consumers of scented products, but that it’ll be harder to come. The school has taken the issue seriously. It has been informed of Ailos sensitivity to smells and everyone takes this into account. There is another boy in the class having allergies, and this in turn helps to discussing the issue about allergies more and get a better understanding of those who are afflicted. Sometimes it can happen that Ailo get exposed to scented Products at school. One such opportunity that can happen is related to gymnastics lessons. It may have been someone from the upper classes who have been wearing something strong-smelling in the locker room. But it is clear that even Ailo want to make themselves beautiful. Above all it is cool hairstyles that apply. Now we have found a kind of hair wax without fragrance that works well. Previously tested Ailo a hairspray that did not work at all. The scent becomes very concentrated in a product that you spray on them. Some time ago there was a house that was on fire and the smoke was blowing straight towards Ailos and Anneli’s home. Though it was a kilometer away got Ailo a strong asthma reaction. Smoke seems to be something that Ailo react strongly against. We were with a relative and a man there had a motorcycle that the guys thought was cool. When he started it and gassed in the yard got Ailo again an asthma attack sensing of exhaust smoke. With proper medication cope Ailo still pretty good. It is clear that in cold periods may be necessary to increase the dose of medication something. I’m glad that so many shows take into account Ailos asthma and sensitivity to scents, concludes the mother.

And again I can only agree With this kids story, it is like that and I wish all would take this in account and stop wearing perfume and fragranced Products. Did you know there are about 300 million People having asthma in theh world? If you stop using fragrance Products you will ease the life of many. And really, this is just what it is like. Thank you Anneli Spjellok and Ailo for sharing Your story.

You who have followed my site for a while know I collect stories from real live experiences With this problem. Ailo’s story I found at:

http://barnastma.se/index.php/15-barnen-beraettar/47-justin-bieber-och-victorias-secret-kan-vara-ett-gissel-foer-de-doftoeverkaensliga


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Sensitive to fragrance – Angelica Holmberg – Barnastma.se

Scent sensitive – Hyperreactive

Angelica’s story

Research suggests thatone-third of us feel any kind of discomfort due to strong scents. If you are an adult, you can change seats on the bus if you’re sitting next to someone with a strong scent on, but what does a child exposed to what can give an allergic reaction do?

Angelica was diagnosed with asthma as early as age two, but probably had it a lot longer than that. She has had effort asthma and reacted to animals. Scent sensitive, she has become only recently.

If you know a girl in high school age, so we know it’s often makeup and perfumes that apply. There are special series just for teenage girls, marketed aggressively towards the younger audience. Fragrances from Victoria’s Secret is on many of the younger girls’ wish list and teen idol Justin Bieber has already managed to launch three different perfume series.

Angelica is thirteen years old (2014) and going to high school and of course so are the girls even in her class interested in perfumes. But if Angelica is subjected to strong perfume smells, she gets hard to breathe and have to medicate. Or medicate, yes, she have to medicate all the time to keep their asthma under control, but a perfume can make sure she gets a severe attack that, at worst, ending with an ambulance ride to the hospital emergency room, telling her mother Jenny Holmberg.

We have informed the school about Angelica’s fragrance sensitization and asthma, and some have those responsible at the school listened and acted. It has banned the use of perfumes, but this has to do with strong forces. The marketing of perfumes is massive and what teenage girl does not want to smell good? – I’ve been to school and had with me material from the Asthma and Allergy Association, and to show how it works with asthma and fragrance intolerance. received testing to breathe through a straw and they all understands that it is not easy, says Jenny.

It usually works better in the middle of the semester when you ‘ve had time to inform of perfume ban. At the end of the semester and at the beginning of a new semester , it seems sometimes as if you ‘ve forgotten what was said about allergies. It needed just a student who is wearing perfume or have used any product that has been heavily perfumed. If any student has had on perfume so you speak with the student, it does not help that as we talk with the parents. Some additional levers have not been taken to. I heard about another school where there was a smell hypersensitive pupil who had become sprauyed with perfume as punishment for the school had sent home a student with perfume on it, says Jenny.

One can still say that the school is trying to help Angelica in many ways, they ‘ve looked over the school environment and ensured that the ventilation works well. There is also a plan for what to do if Angelica gets sick at school. Despite this, she medicate every day to be able to be in school, sometimes the medicines does not help and she must go home, sometimes we go and inhale at the health center, says Jenny.”

And really, this is just what it is like. Thank  you Jenny Homberg and Angelica for sharing Your story.

You who have followed my site for a while know I collect stories from real live experiences With this problem. Angelica’s story I found at:
http://barnastma.se/index.php/15-barnen-beraettar/47-justin-bieber-och-victorias-secret-kan-vara-ett-gissel-foer-de-doftoeverkaensliga


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I got the Bolshoi ruined by fragrance – Torunn Overanger – Nordlys.no

– I got Bolshoi (Большой, Bolsjoj) destroyed by other women’s excessive use of perfume

“- I had been looking forward to this for so long, so it was incredibly sad to find that the entire second act was destroyed. Because of the massive perfume smell in the… room I was sitting with a veil before the eyes, the tears flowed and I did not catch what skjeddde on stage, says artist Torunn Ovanger.
She has authored a letter the newspaper Nordlys (the Northern Light). Where she argue that perfume should only be used for private occasions. The reason for the post is the experience she had during the world – famous Bolshoi theater ballet in Tromsø in Nordlys-festivalen (Northern Lights Festival).
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Among other things, she writes that “the tears flowed, and I found it hard to see what was happening on stage. During the break I heard that people complained loudly.”
– I was sitting next to a lady who really had sprayed herself It was not unbearable, and it ruined the experience for me, she tells Nordlys .
Ovanger think this is typical of such major cultural events.
– Like this, it is all to often. Many women do not think about how much perfume they take on.
– Do not fragrance in public
Ovanger says that although she never add fragrance to her person when she participates in cultural events and other public events.
– I know many are harmed by this and who are frustrated by the use. Although I am not asthmatic or allergic, but those who get sick from it must have it really bad if they all sit in a concert hall crammed with perfume scent. Ovanger say that this is a topic that is often spoken about and complained of in the aftermath of such events.
– This is something we should discuss. Now it is not allowed to smoke anymore indoors, but excessive use of perfume is really no better, she says, and continues:
– Now is the perfume, gassing from detergent , deodorant , hair spray , etc. People go around and them stink. This can be a cocktail that gives people breathing difficulties and runny eyes.
– A big problem
Senior Adviser Kai Gustavsen with the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association (NAAF)  think it’s great Ovanger speaks out.
– This is a big problem for some people, and we need awareness. A Danish study showed that 15 percent had experienced discomfort and allergy symptoms by others perfume use. 0.5 per cent are so severely affected that it affects them both socially and professionally.”
I think it is really great by Torill Orkanger to Write to the newspaper telling us all about this. But I think NAAF should go out and talk more about it than they do, and I think it is more than percent that is affected, just think of all With lung issues, not only asthma, and I also think the number of those who is severly affected is higher of the same reason.


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Push for a More Fragrance-Free Environment – Marie Schmidt – latimes.com

Testimony of Marie Schmidt of Arcadia latimes.com

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“I start sneezing and my nose starts running the minute I smell them,” says Schmidt, whose respiratory system goes on red alert at the least whiff of scented products.

“It’s sort of like cigarette smoking,” she complains. “They are invading my privacy.”

Whether she realizes it or not, Schmidt is part of what could be the next big nationwide battle that pits individual rights against public health concerns: the push for fragrance-free environments.

“Ten years from now it will be politically incorrect to wear perfumes in public,” predicts Paul Imperiale, disability coordinator for the mayor’s office in San Francisco. That city’s fragrance-free plan, drafted in 1990, was never enacted.

With Americans now using perhaps a dozen scented personal-care products each day, fragrance foes’ basic argument is this: your right to wear these products ends where my chemical sensitivities begin.

Beyond perfume, activists for fragrance-free environments are targeting restaurant bathrooms with those pungent deodorizers, office buildings that use pesticides and astringent cleaning products, and the neighborhood mall, whose host of synthetic odors assault the nostrils, especially around the holidays.

“We are putting so much into our environment that people are getting sick. I don’t think it’s a matter of personal rights now, I think it’s a matter of everyone’s health,” says Joan Ripple, a consultant to state Sen. Milton Marks, who chaired a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the rights of the disabled.”

“In public policy terms, this could be defined as an issue of handicapped access, just like having a wheelchair ramp into a church or public building,” Brown says. “To have services that aren’t fragrance-free is to deny services to a group of people whose population is growing every day.”

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I should say I actually is about personal rights. The personal right to not have to get ill from others vanity, egoism and shallowness.

And you do not need to have MCS to suffer from other Peoples habits, you only need astma and allergy to get ill from it.

I think the fewer would serve nuts to a person allergic and sensitive to nuts, so why do you force Your fragrance on us who get ill from it? You invade and hurt Our Health. Stop it now!

http://articles.latimes.com/1994-12-15/news/ls-9400_1_scented-products


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Body spray and lung illness – Jade Tripp – cbc.ca

Body spray banned from school

Read in CBC.ca – Some boys have been dousing themselves in Axe, apparently believing commercials that show a young man applying the deodorant and being immediately hit on by beautiful women.

“They spray it all over their heads and their necks. They don’t realize how powerful the odour is,” said Grade 8 teacher Heather Touchie-Blakely.

“…a walking stink bomb, [which is] basically is what they are.”

Grade 7 student Jade Tripp, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, said the spray caused her to have a violent reaction.

“I couldn’t breathe. My ears were ringing and I was shaking and I had a fever. If I had a boyfriend and he wore Axe, I would not be attracted to him.”

Source: Qoute from:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/body-spray-banned-from-n-b-school-1.558799


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Make a statement!

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Sensitive? Or do You have a sensitive friend or loved one?

If You want, You can have this photo on a shirt or some other item. Make a statement!

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Introduce and state perfume policys in all workplaces – Lisa Billö

Interview in SVT Debatt:

Make and introduce policies for perfumes in all workplaces

“PERFUME FREE – Chemical intolerance is a hidden disability that affects up to one in three humans. But for those who can not tolerate such fragrances is difficult to ask other people to “adapt” – and many of my friends have opted out of friendship for the benefit of their perfumes. By abstaining perfumes at work and at school, we can reduce sick leave for all, writes Lisa Billö.

Becoming sick of perfume chemicals is a rapidly growing health problem. Whole 10-30 percent of the population is affected by some form of sensitivity to chemical agents, and more than three per cent are so severely injured that they greatly restricted in their daily lives.

Obvious things like grocery shopping in a business can mean long illness for me and others who are suffering from MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – or chemical intolerance, as it is also called. This means that you get sick of a low dose of chemicals, a handicap that makes it not free to reside in the community, among other things because of other people’s perfumes.

I can not sit on a bus with other people who use scented products, go to the movies, theater, restaurant, seek treatment or go to private parties and events.

Asking other people to “adapt” itself is hard. Many of my friends have opted out of our friendship in favor of their perfumes. My children are getting sick every day in school because of friends ‘and teachers’ perfumed products and fabric softeners. This means that they miss a lot of teaching. Once they are there, they have the same opportunity to benefit from the instruction as other children, because of the symptoms they get.

Because it is a hidden disability they are also met by questioning from the principal and staff.

In many of our members, have often ruined economy as a result of sickness, and even loss of service. In many cases it could have been avoided by understanding colleagues and surroundings. Most are doing well in a healthy environment and are then fully or partially working.

Living with MCS greatly affect an individual’s ability to school, work and livelihood, but also leads many times to the great social isolation.

Perfume contains 95-100 percent of synthetic chemicals, which means that even people who are not chemically intolerant or allergic adversely affected. Children are particularly vulnerable. Headache, nausea, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue are common symptoms.

As with tobacco smoking affected the environment, whether they want to or not, so-called passive perfumery. By abstaining perfumes in the workplace can not only avoid unnecessary sick leave but also reduce absenteeism and for all. Fragrances affect the environment even on the bus, in the store, school and other public places.

Fragrances can be found in deodorants, shampoos, hair styling products, shaving products, skin creams, detergents, fabric softeners and cleaning Products and such fragranced products. To all products are as good fragrance-free options.

Besides chemicals in perfumes can also tobacco smoke, fabric softener, mold, emissions from building materials, inks, chemicals in electronic appliances, furniture and textiles, candles and car exhaust trigger symptoms. Common symptoms of MCS can be dizziness, nausea, brain fog, aches in muscles and joints, mucus in the throat, hoarseness, cough, nasal congestion, chest pain, palpitations, rash, fever, mood swings and depression.

MCS Sweden, the National Association for mold and chemicals damaged work for not more people will suffer and for those already injured will be staying in society on an equal basis with others.

Therefore we seek a perfume policy in all workplaces and schools, where employees are encouraged to use fragrance-free products.”

Lisa Billö, Founder MCS Sweden

Source: SVT DEBATT (Swedish original)

My point

Since I have asthma I can only agree with Lisa and all MCS affected that fragrance stinks.

Perfume-2013 is chemicals. Although it smells good so it’s chemicals. In perfume, we find among other synthetic musk (is on the EU blacklist), parabens (endocrine disruptors), toluene, formaldehyde (what you embalm dead with), benzol, methylchlorid, benzyl chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, methylene chloride, toluene and phthalates, etc.

The Environmental Health Association in Quebec, Canada: information at www.aseq-ehaw.ca:
“For some chemicals in perfumes can have serious health effects. Babies and children are most vulnerable as people who is suffering from chemical intoleranse Such as Environmental sensitivites and Chemical Sensitivities, and people recovering from cancer and other illnesses. “…” Perfumes are Considered to be the most consentrated form of fragrance. Fragrance … can be extracted from plants, flowers, and animals. Today … 80-95 percent of fragrance materials are synthetic and are derived from petroleum. … Some of the chemicals found in fragrances are: aldehydes, benzyl acetate, toluene, ethanol, acetone, benzene derivatives, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, benzyl chloride and many others known to cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, nervous system damage, allergy symptoms, headaches, difficulty breathing, eye, nose and throut irritation and other injuries. … The brain is overpriced impacted by fragrances containing neurotoxic compounds. ”

The Sunday Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk tells us about scientists thathave found Cancer Causing chemicals in known perfume brands.
“SCIENTISTS have found high levels of a chemical blamed for Causing infertility in some of the best-known perfumes and cosmetics. Chanel No. 5, Christian Dior’s Poison, Eternity from Calvin Klein and Trésor by Lancôme, were among 34 toiletries found by a Swedish study to containers di-ethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP) or other phthalates. ”

At Rodale http://www.rodale.com we can read
“The new research detected That the labels of popular perfumes do 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’ve 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 Also included are a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others “second page:” Just because your favorite fragrance was not on the list does not mean it’s safe. In fact, harmful fragrance chemicals are used in thou sands of products and are Not Listed on the label. It seems like you shouldhave the right to know how These seemingly innocent perfumes and colognes are Affecting your health. But unfortunately, manufacturers do not have to list warnings or even the actual ingredients used in fragrance blends, on the label. And the problem isn’ta limited to perfumes and body sprays. We are blasted with harmful synthetic fragrances every day in the form of scented cleaners, hair sprays and dyes, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, and body sprays. Research is finding thatmany 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: http://www.rodale.com/perfume-ingredients

Perfume also contains chemicals that is suspected be the cause of cancer.

See list of IFRA https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/what-is-in-fragrance-the-content-of-perfume/

Very many of these chemicals is also found in tobacco smoke and some also in brake fluid.

For those who have MCS goes on the contents of that smell, more than the smell. This is also true for us who have asthma.

/ Annelie


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Workers day 1 of May – Fresh air for all!

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Jeg vil gjerne ta et øyeblikk på Arbeiderenes dag 1 mai å si noe om arbeidsmiljø og luftmiljøet som helhet.

Også sensitive personer må puste

For mange som har allergi, astma og andre lungesykdommer, MCS og annen sensitivitet er det meget viktig å levere inneluft som ikke er forurenset. For det meste tenker folk på eksos fra biler, mugg og sigarettrøyk og liknende som i de fleste land har blitt akseptert som forurensning innendørs. Det er også viktig å inkludere forurensning av duft og andre kjemiske innhold til kategorien av forurensning. Vi må levere duft og kjemikaliefritt miljø. Akkurat som tobakksrøyk og eksos fra biler,  så  avgasser parfyme og andre kjemiske produkter og deres kjemikalier spres i luften vi alle må puste.

Alle har rett til å være så sunn som mulig.

En person utsatt for slike kjemikalier kan faktisk være ute av stand til å oppholde seg i miljøet, og derfor være uheldig og bli tvunget til å gå sykmeldt og muligens enda verre tvinget til uførepensjonering. Dette er uheldig både for den personen som er følsom, men også uheldig for staten ettersom en person som arbeider bidrar til BNP, mens en person på trygd koster penger. Det har også en sosial aspekt for den enkelte sensitive. En sensitiv person kan bli utelukket fra å deltake i samfunnet på grunn av andres jåleri med dufter som gasser av seg til luften, på likt med den røyk vi i dag ikke tillater.

Og dette er veldig enkelt å gjøre noe med.

En person følsomme for slike kjemikalier er sund i et miljø med frisk luft uten denne eksponering.

Å levere et arbeidsmiljø og alle andre miljø der offentligheten har adgang, uten denne eksponeringen av duft og andre kjemikalier som gasser av seg til luften medfører at disse personene er friske, kan deltake og kan jobbe. De er mindre sjukmeldt og kan være mere aktive.

Å være følsom for kjemikalier er et usynlig handikap. Vi hjelper de blinde-, hørsels-, mobilitet-, psykisk handikappede og svekkede mennesker i verden. Det er på tide vi hjelper de som har usynlige handikap Sensitivitet.

Det kan være så enkelt som

Lag en lov som nekter bruk av duft i alle produkter både på arbeidsplassen og som brukes på de som er på arbeidsplassen. Innredning av arbeidsplasser og rom der offentligheten har adgang skal gjøres med produkter godkjente av astma og allergi forbundene i Skandinavia. Og jeg vil at dette skal gjelde for alle område der det offentligheten har tilgang. Dette er fordi helsen til disse menneskene som er syke fra kjemisk eksponering og duft ikke er begrenset til arbeidsplassen. Sensitive personer trenger å også puste, og de gjør det overalt akkurat som alle andre. Ved å tilføre frisk luft til alle vil sykefraværet gå ned, og de som ellers har problemer med å fungere i et forurenset miljø vil være i stand til å være selvforsynt og ikke leve av staten.

Annelie Molin

In English

Even sensitive People must Breathe

I would like to take a moment on all workers day 1 of May to say something about work environment and air environment as a whole.

For many who have allergies, asthma and other respiratory diseases, MCS and other sensitivity it is very important to deliver indoor air that is not polluted. Mostly people think of exhaust from cars, mold and cigarette smoke and the like as such, and most countries have been accepted it as indoor pollution. It is also important to include pollution of any kind of fragrance, incense and other chemical content to the category of pollution. We must deliver fragrance-free and chemical-free environment. Just as tobacco smoke and exhaust from cars, so exhaust perfume and other chemical products and their chemicals is spread to the air we all must breathe.

Everyone has the right to be as healthy as possible.

A person exposed to such chemicals can actually be unable to Access or remain in the environment and therefore unable particiipate, be unfortunate to be forced to go on sick leave and possibly even worse forced on disability Retirement. This is unfortunate both for the person who is sensitive, but is also unfortunate to the state as a person who works contributes more to GDP, whereas a person on social security costs money. It also has a social aspect to the individual sensitive. A sensitive person may be excluded from participation in society because of others affectation with scents of gases into the air, like the smoke we do not currently allow.

And this is very easy to do something about.

A person sensitive to such chemicals is sound in an environment with fresh air without this exposure.

To by Law provide a working environment and any other environment where the public have access, without this exposure of fragrance and other chemical gases into the air so that these individuals are healthy. Then they can participate and can work. They are less on sick leave and can be more active.

Being sensitive to chemicals is an invisible handicap. We help the blind, hearing, mobility, mentally handicaped and else disabled people in the world. It’s time we help those who have invisible disabilities sensitivity.

It can be as simple as

Make and grant a law that prevents the use of scent in products both in the workplace and applied to those in the workplace. And I want this to apply to all areas where the public has access. Here I talk a Law that forbid all use of fragrance products at all and at any time. This is because the health of these people sick from chemical exposure and fragrance is not limited to the workplace. Sensitive individuals  also need tobreathe, and they do it everywhere just like everyone else. By supplying fresh air to all the sickness go down, and those who otherwise have difficulty functioning in a polluted environment will be able to be self-sufficient and not live off the state.

Annelie Molin


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Situations where perfume becomes a problem

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Jeg vil her beskrive situasjoner der parfyme og godlukt ellers blir et problem. Dette gjør jeg for å informere alle som tror det er ufarlig med parfyme, det er ikke sånn at jeg forteller dette fordi jeg synes så synd på meg selv, eller syter i media, jeg gjør det som sagt for å opplyse deg. Jeg er ikke alene om å ha det slik som dette, vi er mange som har det samme problemet, ca 20-30% får symtomer av parfyme, jeg tar bare meg selv som et eksempel for å få deg å forstå hva som skjer.

De som kjenner meg vet at jeg er bussjåfør og har astma diagnostisert i 2007. Jeg har aldri røykt og har aldri hatt astma før dette året. Jeg fikk min astma i jobben i en bussvask, det er en arbeidsskade. Her ble jeg eksportert for rengjøringsmedler og parfyme, og kolleger som røyket inne. Jeg er bare en blant tusenvis av andre som er følsomme for parfyme og relaterte produkter.

Siden jeg ble astmatisk ble jeg sensitiv mot blant annet parfymer i alle former, også parfymerte produkter og også alle typer fargede produkter, tobakk, røykelse m.v.

Så hva er egentlig astma?
Veldig mange tror det vet hva astma er, men de ferreste vet egentlig hva det egentlig er og hva som skjer i lungene. Ta en titt på videoen:

Da jeg inhalerer noe av dette jeg ikke tåler da protesterer lungene mine ved at luftveiene kallet bronkiene i lungene blir fylt med slim, og musklene rundt bronkiene kramper slik at mine luftveier i lungene blir tette og jeg har vanskelig for å puste. Det har blitt en hemming fordi det gjør meg ute av stand til å gå og være der dette er.

Lungs with asthma - a fresh left bronchiole - easy to breathe through, and to the right a sick bronchiole - not so easy to breathe through.

Lungs with asthma – a fresh left bronchiole – easy to breathe through, and to the right a sick bronchiole – not so easy to breathe through.

De fleste bruker duft i noen form for å gjøre et godt inntrykk på andre mennesker, både på seg selv, klær og ved rengjøring. Parfyme er en blanding av kjemikalier, kalle det coctail om du vil. I møte med meg og mange andre blir de som bruker parfyme et helseproblem. De som bruker parfyme blir en trussel mot selve helsen vår. Dette gjør at vi trekker oss unna dem. De oppnår det stikk motsatte og i tillegg gjør de oss sjuke.

Her er noen eksempler fra tidligere insidenter

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Jeg kjørte buss opp i fjellet, tok ombord noen elever og kjørte ned igjen. Ved botten av veien er det på tide å la andre studenter ombord som kommer fra en korresponderende buss. Første 5 personer gikk bra, så kom det ombord en gutt med etterbarberingsvann på seg. Den stank fra langt unna. Jeg har hatt noen gode uker siste ukene, men da han kom som parfymebombe ombord bussen da var de gode tidene borte. Jeg begynte å hoste da luftveiene tettet seg og ble smalere, og det stoppet ikke opp. Det søkte seg bare dypere ned i lungene. Jeg tok medisin, men jeg fortsatte hoste og var tungpustet og det ble bare verre. Eimen låg i bussen. Heldigvis skulle jeg ha pause rett etterpå, så jeg parkerte bussen med alle dørrer og vindu åpne i det kalde været. Jeg måtte lufte ut bussen, det stank av hans barbervann i hele bussen. Han ville sannsynligvis gjøre seg fin for andre, istedet ble han et helseproblem.

Her er noen flere eksempler

Noen bruker parfyme, andre har ikke sprayet parfyme på seg, men bruker dufttilsatte vaskeprodukter for sine klær. Parfymerte produkter lukter også, og de inneholder de samme stoffene som vanlig parfyme, pluss flere andre stoffer. Andre bruker dufttilsatte hårprodukter og hårspray. Jeg blir sjuk av det også på likt med ren parfyme. De fleste tenker ikke på at andre også bruker parfymerte produkter, det virker som om de tror i hvert sitt hjørne av verden at det bare er de selv som gjør det. Samlet blir det mye. I hverdagen møter jeg hele tiden folk som bruker parfyme av noe slag. Det er overalt.

Astma er fælt.Etter frokost er det å enten gå på jobb eller en fridag, og ut av huset. Nå er det på tide å møte resten av verden, og omgås med mennesker og alle deres vaner. I løpet av en arbeidsdag sitter jeg bak rattet i en buss – et rom – og møter mange mennesker, og de fleste av dem bruker parfyme, og svært mange av dem røyker. Det samles mange mennesker i en buss. I forhold til det så er det ikke forskjell på en buss og et vanlig rom i et hus.

De går inn i bussen uvitende om at jeg har astma. De lukter av parfyme, noen har dusjet i den samme morgenen. Noen bruker gammel parfyme, det kan du lukte fra duften av det. Klærne lukter av parfyme fra vaskemidler, tøymykner, deodoranter, og slikt. Parfyme i sin reneste form, parfyme, barbervann, cologne og andre parfymerte produkter er også hyppig brukt. Sterke hårsprayer, hår wax og gel, deodoranter, kroppsspray, parfymert sjampo, balsam, såpe og dusjcreme osv. Lukten treffer nesen min, og det dufter ofte godt. Det gasser av seg og brer om seg i luften. Lungene reagerer momentant med å bli tette og jeg får astmaanfall. I tillegg, en røyker kastet sigaretten utenfor bussen og går smilende inn døren mens han blåser røyken ut inne i bussen, og noen blåser røyken i ansiktet mitt. Siden jeg trenger oksygen som alle andre, så må jeg også  puste akkurat som alle andre. Den parfymen eller røyken som nettopp rørte nesen min er nå på vei ned i lungene mine. Nå skjer det, jeg kjenner en raspende følelse i lungene mine, jeg hører og kjenner surkling fra lungene, så får jeg tung pust. Det blir vanskeligere å puste, og da kjenner jeg at lungene mine strammer seg sammen og låser seg i en stram posisjon. Jeg begynner å hoste. Hoste er kroppens måte å jobbe hardere for å få luft, og ved å hoste for å få mer luft må jeg også inhalere mer av andre personers parfyme eller røyk som er i lufta, og da får jeg enda mer vanskelig å puste, og jeg hoster hardere og hardere. Det blir en ond sirkel. Kunden spør gjerne om det er virus? De er redd det smitter. Jeg må få frisk luft, derfor åpner jeg sidevinduet. Jeg kjenner den friske luften som kommer inn, og snur hodet litt vekk fra kunden for å begrense noe av den parfymen og røyken fra å få direkte tilgang til lungene mine. Jeg prøver å få i meg frisk luft utenfra ned i mine luftveier, og hvis det ikke hjelper holder jeg pusten for å unngå å få kundenes parfyme og røyk i lungene mine. Så selger jeg billetten og gir kunden vekselen så fort som mulig.

Ei dame kommer ombord bussen og vil ha billett til byen. Håret hennes er stivt som pinneved, hardt sprayet med hårspray. Noe billig sterkt som stinker lang vei. I det hun går inn bussens dørr så kjenner jeg lungene mine knyter seg i brystkassa.

En ny mandag, en ny uke på jobb. Folk går inn i bussen med sin parfyme og røyk. Jeg selger billetter som forrige uke, og uken før, og uken før det… Jeg fortsetter å bli sjuk av andre sin parfyme og røyk. De lener seg mot meg for å kunne snakke i all støyen i bussen, og igjen og igjen røykeres sin pust utløser min astma, en dose parfyme, noen andre kjemikalier i noen produkter de bruker starter en betennelses reaksjon i lungene og kramper i musklene. Det er det som er astma, og igjen og igjen blir jeg sjuk.

Parfyme, barbervann osv på kolleger m.fl

Kolleger er også mennesker og bruker parfyme og parfymerte produkter. For eksempel har jeg vært bort i at kollegaer med masse barbervann på seg har vært i et rom. Da jeg kommer inn i rommet kjenner jeg lukten av barbervannet og sekunden etterpå så knyter seg lungene og jeg får hoste og pustevansker og må fly rommet. Jeg må gjøre ærendet en annen dag.

En annen opplevelse var når jeg skulle ta over ruta etter en annen sjåfør. Vi skulle ha avløsning på skiftet. Han skulle gå av, og jeg skulle gå på. Vedkommende hadde barbervann på seg og jeg måtte åpne alle dørrer og vinduer for å lufte ut før jeg kunne kjøre videre. Igjen tettet lungene seg.

På pauserommet og i lokaler på jobb skal alle kunne trives. Der er røykfritt, men det er lov å bruke parfyme fordi der er ingen lov mot parfymebruk. Kolleger med barbervann og parfymer på seg. Rommet fylles av duft. Lungene knyter seg, luftveiene blir tett, omtrent som når du tråkker på en slange. Luften kan vanskelig passere. Jeg får astmaanfall og må fly ut på trappene, ta medisin. Ibland kan jeg ikke gå inn igjen.

Det er koselig å gå og handle og ikke mindst behøver man i bland noe nytt. Turen til butikken kan være en utfordring.

Jeg går til kjøpesenteret for å handle. Jeg spatserer inn i en motebutikk og tenker på å kjøpe en genser. Jeg gleder meg til å finne noe. Jeg går rundt i butikken og finner det jeg leter etter. Gla og fornøyd søker jeg håpefult etter kassan og finner den. Like ved siden av den er parfymeavdelingen plassert, egentlig på begge sidene, og foran kassan. Kassan er omkrinset av parfymeprodukter. Folk står der og prøver parfyme på seg, de sprayer parfyme på sig og i luften fra flaskene. Det sprer seg i luften og jeg kan kjenne lukten fra langt borte. Kasserer er bare noen skritt unna. Noen skritt fra at den genseren jeg vil ha blir min. Jeg ser på genseren min, og deretter på parfymestanden og så på kassan dit jeg må gå for å få genseren med meg hjem. Jeg vet at hvis jeg går til kassan da vil jeg bli sjuk. Da vil lungene ta kvelertak på meg. Med et trist sukk legger jeg den genseren tilbake på hyllen hvor jeg fant den, og forlater butikken. Ingen genser til meg, og alt på grunn av parfyme. :'(

Etter jobb må jeg gå på handletur. Jeg trenger litt mat og noen vaskeprodukter, rengjøringsmidler og hygieneprodukter. Jeg tar en handlevogn, og rusler ned til hyllene. Tar min juice, brød, margarin, melk, middag, frukt og grønnsaker. Så langt går alt bra. Nå er det på tide å gå inn blandt hyllene for å kjøpe vaske- og rengjøringsmidler. Her er mye å velge mellom, alle slags merker og de fleste av dem er fulle av parfyme, farge og andre kjemikalier. Og midt i iblandt det finner jeg de produktene jeg kan bruke uten å bli sjuk. De som ikke innholder nettopp parfyme og fargestoffer. Problemet er bare at de er plassert blandt alle de produktene jeg blir sjuk av, og for å kjøpe dem må jeg stå midt opp i alle kjemikalier fra de andre produktene jeg bli sjuk av. Selv om de er i sine pakker er konsentrasjonen av parfymer og kjemikalier i luften så sterk jeg at bli sjuk likevel. Det siver ut av pakningene. Noen pakker lekker også. Lungene mine strammer og jeg blir sjuk igjen. Hvorfor kan de ikke ha en spesiell hylle på egen hånd for disse astmavennlige produktene? Jeg blir sint, og jeg tenker at jeg har jeg bedt dem så mange ganger! Noen ganger har jeg bokstavelig talt måttet løpe inn i gangen og ta tak i produktet jeg ønsker og så løpe fort ut igjen for å bli så lite eksponert som mulig. Jeg føler meg som en idiot når jeg gjør det. Jeg ser meg rundt for å se om noen så meg gjøre det? Hva ville de tenke? Samme skjer når jeg må kjøpe dusjsåpe, såpe, sjampo, balsam, tannkrem, hudkrem, deo osv. Alle står plassert i midten av alle merkene jeg blir sjuk av, og jeg må gå gjennom eimen i fare å bli sjuk bare for å kjøpe det jeg ikke blir sjuk av. Kan jeg få spørre… Hvor idiotisk er det?

Astma reagerer på stoffer 0,02 ppm i luften.

Jeg dro til et kontor dagen etter et digert astmaanfall. Jeg gikk gjennom inngangsdørren. I første etasje er det forskjellige butikker og en kafé. Da jeg kom i inngangsdøren kjente jeg en svak aroma fra et duftlys eller muligens røkelse. Jeg måtte passere for å komme dit jeg skulle, der er bare en vei. Jeg følte lungene mine bli irritert igjen og jeg ble sint, for bare noen få timer siden hadde jeg et kraftig astmaanfall og var på sjukehuset på natta og jeg måtte bruke mye penger på behandling for å bli bedre. Jeg var sliten og lungene mine var slitne og kjentes svake. På grunn av parfymeringen av luften måtte jeg løpe til heisen mens jeg holdt pusten for å komme ut av entreen. Jeg følte lungene mine tette seg, men heldigvis, heissen åpnet seg og jeg kunne finne min redning i et litet lukket rom uten duft og parfyme. Der luktet det kun av sandstøv fra gulvet heldigvis.
På vei ut fra kontoret igjen måtte jeg gå gjennom det samme shoppingområdet igjen, og nå begynte lungene mine å demonstrere på ordentlig. Jeg måtte løpe ut av senteret for å få frisk luft og ta medisin for å bryte ned astmaattakken.

Fragrance branding, eller duftmarkedsføring som det kalles på norsk

Duftmarkedsføring (signaturdoft, fragrance marketing, scent marketing) er parfymering av inneluft i lokaler der offentligheten har adgang. Det gjørs før att lure kundene å kjøpe mere og bli lengre i lokalet. Det er for eksempel men ikke utelukkende populært hos butikker, kjøpesenter, hoteller, konferanserom, restauranter, toaletter og slike anlegg med flere. Det blir bare fler og fler som bruker signaturdofter. Slik gjør stedet ubrukelig for astmatikere og andre sensitive. Det skjer titt når jeg skal på offentlig toalett eller på f.eks. en bensinstasjon eller kro at jeg ikke kan gå på do pga av duftpumper eller andre parfymeprodukter montert derinne. Det er kjipt å måtte velge mellom å gå på do og å få astmaanfall, men det er virkeligheten de ferreste som bruker slik i sine lokaler tenker på. Det gjelder forresten også duftlys, airfreshener og doblokker. Det er bedre å gjøre rent oftere med parfymefrie produkter, og lufte ut.

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En tur på apoteket kan også bety utfordringer. Spesielt i juletid er det mye salg av diverse parfymerte varer og røykelse. Jeg opplevde sist jul å ikke kunne være inne i apoteket fordi der var så sterke parfyme og røykelse i luften. Jeg gikk inn i apoteket for å få medisin for å holde meg frisk fra astma, og måtte flykte apoteket på grunn av det som gjør meg sjuk. Jeg hadde en kraftig astmaattakk inne i apoteket og måtte forlate resepten med apotekeren og løpe ut av apotekets lokaler. Jeg ble for sjuk for å være der. Jeg måtte stå utenfor i gaten, og jeg måtte rope til henne gjennom døren hva jeg trengte og fortelle henne å levere medisinen utenfor på gaten der jeg var ventet. Jeg kunne ikke gå inn. Bli sjuk, tvunget ut på gaten på grunn av det, og en følelse av å ha blitt forvist, ydmykelse og sjukdom, pluss alle stirrer på meg. Jeg kunne ikke gå på apoteket i hele desember og halve januar. Et sted jeg må gå for å få medisinene mine.

I kaffebaren der sitter jeg blant mange mennesker. Mange har kledd seg fine for å møte venner. Hyggelig. Trist ved det er at de også kler seg opp i parfyme, hårspray osv. Jeg drikker min kaffe. Føler infeksjonen i lungene snike seg på meg igjen på grunn av parfymen. Hvis jeg blir meget plaget da kommer jeg til å bli meget dårlig, og da må jeg reise herfra også.

Å møte venner som ikke helt har forstått hvor ille det kan være å ha astma i deres parfymerte miljøer kan være en utfordring. Samtidlig som man vil si rett ut – Fytt i… hva du stinker! Så vill man ikke såre sine venner og tar den pene versjonen. Bl.a har jeg en venninne, en kjempedame, jeg liker henne masse og vi har det koselig sammen. Dessverre er en av hennes største interesser nettopp parfyme, og hun bruker gjerne sterke og ofte parfyme. Hun røyker også litt. Når vi treffes og hun har parfymert seg eller røyker da må jeg gå 2-3 meter unna henne for å ikke bli sjuk. Jeg vil ikke ødelegge stemningen så jeg går et stykke unna henne. Det er min løsning for at hun ikke skal bli lei seg. Jeg tror ikke hun helt forstår hvordan astma rammer når det skjer. Det er blitt litt bedre, nå vet hun at hun ikke må ha det på i bilen. Jeg håper hun slutter med det helt. Det er litt kjedelig å bli sjuk av en klem når man møtes. Man kjenner duften før man ser henne ibland, og det er litt synd fordi hun er en så hyggelig dame.

På besøk hjemme hos andre kan man få erfare følgende.

Vedkommende vasker klær i parfymerte vaskemedler og tøymyknere og tromler klærne. Gassene fra tørketrommelen sprer om seg og jeg kan ikke være der. Vask av tøy i parfymerte produkter og tørking av tøy i tørketrommel gir meget brutale og akutte astmaanfaller. Det er så ille at jeg må bare ut derfra. Duftlys som brennes sprer sakte om seg, og det blir mer og mer av gassene og røyken i rommet, og opplevelsen av å få astmaanfall av duftlys er omtrent som om du suger oksygenet ut av rommet. Det er en smygende kvelende opplevelse og til slutt må jeg ut av rommet og kanskje ut av huset. Å gå inn igjen er ikke et alternativ.

Luftfreshere er poulært også i private hjem. Her får jeg en blanding av det som skjer ved klesvask, tørketromling og duftlys.

Å hjelpe til med oppvasken kan være en prøvelse det også, fordi hva står ofte på benken? Jo parfymert oppvaskmedel! Er i grunn rart det må være slik, parfyme har ingen rengjøringsevne, det sprer bare om seg en eim av kjemikalier som jeg og mange andre blir sjuke av. Det blir like rent uten parfyme.

Sove borte hos andre kan også by på problemer. De fleste vasker sengetøyet sitt i parfymerte vaskemedler og tøymykner. Da det har tørket får jeg ikke så umiddelbare akutte reaksjoner, men mere slike som bygger seg opp over tid. Mange elver små, blir til en stor elv etterhvert. Å sove er jo noe som tar tid, man ligger lenge i parfymeeimen, så om morgenen etter, eller etter noen dager hos andre kan pusten bli tung og lungene tette.

Sover jeg over hos andre og ikke har mine egne parfymefrie og fargefrie såpe, dusjkrem, sjampo, balsam, hudkrem, deo osv med meg da kan jeg ikke dusje. Jeg må enten bare dusje i vann uten å bruke såpe og slik, eller vente til jeg kommer hjem. Hvis jeg vasker meg i parfymerte såper i dusjen da får jeg astmaanfall.

Rengjøringsmedler hjemme hos andrem bedrifter,  og overalt ellers byr på samme utfordringen. Det er veldig vanlig at folk bruker parfymerte og kjemikaliefylte rengjøringsmedler på sprayflaske for eksempel, og ditto andre rengjøringsmedler for gulv, benker osv. Alt dette gjør meg sjuk. Ja, du begynner kanskje endelig å se hvordan det kan være å  leve med dette?

Kvelden kommer og jeg får en telefon. En venn spør om jeg ønsker å gå på restaurant? Jeg blir veldig glad og sier –  Ja, jeg henter deg om en halvtime! :) Jeg parkerer utenfor og venter på ham. Når han entrer bilen smiler jeg og sier – Hei! og i samme sekund jeg får et astmaanfall. Han glemte at jeg har astma og hadde sprayet etterbarberingsvann over hele seg. Den aftershaven var mye og så sterk, og duften fylte hele bilen, dvs parfymekjemikaliene spredde seg i hele bilen. Jeg måtte åpne alle vinduene samtidig som jeg hostet stygt da lungene prøver å få luft, og tok min medisin. Men medisinen hjalp ikke, det var ikke nok. Lungene tok kvelertak på meg. Jeg medisinerte mye for å holde anfallene nede. Jeg fikk det ikke å gå bort, jeg klarte bare å  få det å bli litt mindre ille. Det var kaldt ute og vi kjørte med vinduene åpne. Min venn frøs, men jeg kunne ikke lukke vinduene, fordi hvis jeg gjorde jeg ville bli veldig sjuk, det var ille nå men ville i så fall bli enda verre. Hvis jeg lukket vinduene ville jeg ha måttet stoppe og gå ut av bilen selv. Jeg måtte ha frisk luft. Jeg kan ikke sitte i en bil der er parfyme hverken duftgran, doftblokk, eller på personer, og det var en 15 minutters kjøretur til restauranten. Jeg måtte ha vinduene åpne, men selv med vinduene åpne ble jeg meget syk selv om det gjorde det bittelitt bedre. Eneste andre alternativet ville vært å la ham ut av bilen og la ham gå hjem. Det opplevde jeg ville vært uvennlig. På restauranten var jeg sjuk hele kvelden. Det etterbarberingsvannet nådde meg over hele bordet, og min helse var avvist hele kvelden. Jeg prøvde å medisinere, det hjalp litt, men det var egentlig aldri slutt på elendigheten. Det var i grunn like ille fra start til slutt. Det var også mulig å høre det på snakkingen min. Røsten ble hes og svak. Min pust gjorde at stemmen min hørtes rar ut og skurrende. Det er et vanlig symptom på astma fordi du må ha god luftstrømming i luftvieene for å kunne snakke. Etter en stund måtte jeg besøke dametoalettet. Både for å komme til toalettet, for å få et avbrekk fra parfymen ved bordet og også for å ta medisinen min. Tok min Symbicort Turbuhaler medisin, min Ventoline var ikke sterk nok å bekjempe anfallet så jeg måtte prøve noe, og jeg trengte å skylle munnen min. Det må man etter å ha tatt den medisinen. Jeg gikk inn til dametoalettet og en vegg av parfyme i form av vaskemidler og luftoppfrisker møtte meg. Jeg bare tok medisin, og for å skylle munnen min måtte jeg på do, og nå fikk jeg igjen pusteproblemer på grunn av rengjøringsmidler og luftoppfrisker. :( Fra asken igjen i ilden. Jeg renset munnen, og deretter raskt ut igjen, tilbake til bordet og all parfyme. Fortsatt sjuk. Enda en slutten av en dag kom. Igjen tok jeg mine medisiner før natten. Falt i søvn. Jeg hadde det ikke bra i det hele tatt.

Fest betyr å kle seg pent, og da kler seg folk også opp i parfymekjemikalier. Å sitte mange i et rom uansett situasjon og der er parfyme gir dårlig inneluft og astmaanfaller. Jeg har bl.a. opplevd det både i pauserommet på jobb, i bussen, hjemme hos folk, i kø på butikken og i festlige sammenhenger.

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Tidlig om morgenen, jeg skulle jobbe. Det var en frisk og klar dag med frisk luft. Jeg ruslet mot bilen stående på parkeringsplassen. Så hørte jeg raske steg i grusen bak meg. Det var min nabo som var sent ute på veg til jobben. Hun var i hastverk for å nå bussen. Jeg sa den er snart reist og at jeg kunne gi henne lift. Jeg kjører forbi sykehuset hvor du arbeider, sa jeg. Hun ble veldig glad. Vi satte oss inn i bilen. I samme sekund hun lukket døren kjente jeg duften av parfymen hennes. Lungene mine reagerte umiddelbart på det. Plutselig angret jeg min godhet å tilby å gi henne skyss. Men nå hadde hun sikkert misset bussen og jeg kunne ikke spørre henne om å gå ut av bilen. Jeg åpnet vinduene uten å fortelle henne at jeg ble sjuk, og tok noe medisin. Jeg holdt stille om det. Jeg ville ikke fornærme henne. Men jeg tror dessverre jeg vil tenke to ganger før jeg gir henne en tur igjen. Hvis så må hun gå vaske av seg parfymen. Det suger å bli sjuk bare fordi man er snill.

Kjærlighet er godt når det fungerer og helsen er god.

Noen ganger tenker jeg på å finne en kjæreste. Noen ganger føler jeg det ville være fint å ha noen. Men da har jeg problemet med astmaen min. Jeg kan ikke ha en mann som bruker tobakk, jeg ville bli sjuk av bare pusten hans og kysset, og det som sitter i klær, hår, hud osv fordi røyken sitter der også etterpå. Det er ikke bare røyken som er et problem. I tillegg så er det å kysse en røyker virkelig som å slikke et askebeger, det smaker veldig ille. Og så må han ikke bruke parfyme og parfymerte produkter, og om han bruker parfyme og parfyerte produkter må han slutte med det, fordi jeg blir jo sjuk av det. Slik kan være vanskelig å få til. Veldig mange aksepterer ikke å måtte forandre på sine vaner og liker. Så nå er sikkert godt over halvparten av den mannlige befolkningen ute av bildet. Så hva er igjen da alle de er sortert ut? På toppen av det etter å ha sortert alle “giftige” kandidater ut, må jeg finne noen som matcher meg blant dem. Og hvor å finne ham? For en vidunderlig verden det ville være uten parfyme og røyk. Dager med mulighet til kjærlighet. Dager uten sykdom! Og kanskje til og med dager uten medisin? Vel, medisin må jeg nok ha likevel, men i hvert fall dager med ikke så mye medisiner og færre astmaanfall. Hver gang jeg blir sjuk i astma må jeg medisinere mere. Jeg får astmaattakker ofte om jeg blir eksponert, og da bruker jeg mye medisiner. Hvis jeg utsettes for mindre kjemikalier, allergener og irritanter da får jeg mer sjeldent astmaattakker, jeg er mindre sjuk og bruker mindre medisin.

Jeg snakket litt om det å gå på toalettet.

Det å gå på do er gjerne noe de fleste tar for gitt at det går bra, men slik er ikke tilfelle for en sensitiv person. Å gå på do kan være en utfordring som ikke går på det som de fleste skulle reagere på, nemlig et skittent toalett. Ok, vi som er sensitive liker ikke heller skitne toaletter, og akkurat slik som ikke sensitive så snur jeg også i døra om der er uspiselig.  Men i tillegg til dette kan parfymerte, fargesatte, antiseptiske, sterke rengjøringsmedler, luftoppfriskere, duftblokker, duftlys, røykelse, duftpumper osv gjøre toalettet til en utilgjengelig sone. Når slik er brukt på toalettet blir det som en barriære, en vegg som ikke går å gå gjennom. Du kan gjerne sammenligne det med rullestolbrukere og trapper. Lungene tetter, det surkler, jeg hoster, kan ikke puste jeg må løpe fra stedet. Da står jeg der og får ikke gå på do pga parfyme. Det er ikke greit.

Å ta en tur på fergen, butikken, kjøpesentra, ta ut en nyvasket buss på jobb, eller ta bussen til butikken, offentlige kontorer osv kan også by på utfordringer og sjukdom. På fergen og alle andre steder vasker de som alle andre gjør, og selvfølgelig er det bra at det blir rent, men de er ikke bevisste på astma og allergi. Her bruker de kun slik parfymert og masse kjemi som jeg og alle andre sensitive mot dette blir sjuk av.  Det er møkkavær ute, jeg har enten ikke bilen med meg, eller det er så kalde ute at det er uholdbart å sitte i bilen på turen over. Jeg beslutter meg for å gå til salongen. Renholderen er der og bruker både rengjøring på sprayflaske og andre ting, alt er sterkt og parfymert. Jeg kjenner lungene reagerer og jeg må snu i dørren og gå ut i kulda og været igjen. Lukket ute av parfyme og sterke kjemi. Dette skjer også i jobb, som bussjåfør så tar jeg ofte ferge i jobben. Det skjer også andre steder der slike medler blir brukt.

En episode jeg husker meget godt var like før jul et år og jeg skulle kjøpe poteter til julmaten. Jeg kom til butikken og gikk inn dørren. Jeg kjente det luktet vaskemiddel og de holdt på å vaske hele gulvet. Men jeg kom ikke lenger enn innafor grindene ved kassene før jeg fikk et alvorlig astmaanfall, det formelig stank i hele butikken av det vaskemiddelet som var så sterkt at det luktet sterkt som avfetting omtrent. Jeg prøvde medisinere med astmamedisin i håp om at det skulle gå over, men det gjorde det ikke, jeg kjente det bygget opp til et skikkelig ille og akutt anfall så jeg måtte gå ut av butikken. Jeg kunne ikke være der. Kassadamen som jeg bruker snakke med hørte mitt astmaanfall og ble opprørt. – Reagerer du så ille? sa hun. Ja, jeg kan ikke være her, sa jeg. Så gikk jeg ut.

Hva man bruker for å vaske lokalene er veldig viktig for kundene.

Men jeg trengte potetene mine så jeg måtte jo bare handle, og så tidlig er det bare en butikk åpen. Så jeg gikk ut i bilen og hentet vernemasken min som jeg bruker i jobben, tok den på og fullførte handleturen. Men det er både uholdbart, uakkseptabelt og pinlig å måtte gå med en slik maske på seg fordi butikken blir vasket, men jeg har ikke noe valg når de bruker så kjemikaliefylte vaskemidler.

Å passere forbi en butikk med åpen planløsning ut mot sentret, dvs åpne dørrer eller ingen dørrer, gjør at parfyme og parfyme fra parfymerte produkter, også essensielle oljer, sprer seg i luften og forårsaker astmaanfaller.

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Å stå i kø byr også på sjukdom. Foran meg og bak og i bland ved siden av meg står folk med parfyme på seg, deo, kroppsspray, hårprodukter, vaskemedler, tøymyknere osv. I bland må jeg holde noe for nese og munn, og i verste fall må jeg gå og får ikke kjøpt eller gjort det jeg skal.

Det er viktig å være ren når man treffer sensitive personer, også ukjente, det er viktig å være parfymefri. En meget skitten person  som ikke har vasket seg på noen dager er like ille som en person som bruker parfyme. Begge deler gir astmaanfaller.

Noen ganger kan jeg ikke sove så godt, og noen ganger våkner jeg også på grunn av astman. Jeg har erfaringer av å våkne opp av astmaanfall. Mine lunger kvelte meg, og jeg våknet. Lungene strammet, jeg fikk ikke luft. Det var skremmende. Måtte skynde på kjøkkenet for å ta medisiner. Da kjente jeg meg ikke så tøff, jeg var redd.

Jeg har ryddet mitt hjem for parfymerte vaskeprodukter, parfymerte rengjøringsprodukter og hygieneprodukter for å hjelpe min helse. Jeg kjøper parfymefritt. Hjemme er det en parfyme- og røykfri sone. I hvert fall her blir jeg ikke sjuk av røyk og parfyme. Vel, det er så lenge de besøkende som kommer hit ikke bruker parfyme og røyk også om de må røyke ute, det er det med Third hand smoke. Både mitt hjem og min bil er en parfyme- og røykfri sone. Det er som en sensitiv facebokkvenninne sa: Du er velkommen til meg, men husk at da du er parfymert da er du min sjukdom, og da du er parfymefri da er du min helse. Velkommen!

De fleste tror at hvis man er “allergisk eller noe” da er det bare å ta medisin, og deretter er problemet løst. Det er ikke det rette svaret. De medisinene hjelper, men de kurerer ikke sykdommen, det tar bare bort noe av plagene. Det som skjer er istedet at når man fortsetter å bli utsatt for det man er allergisk og sensitiv mot, at symtomene ligger og ulmer hele tiden. Det går ikke bort. Man tar medisin for å trykke det ned, men da man fortsatt blir utsatt for allergenene og irritantene hele tiden da fyrer det opp under astman igjen og igjen og igjen. Det blir som en dampkjele som prøver å løfte et stempel, mens man trykker stempelet ned fra overfra. Dampkokeren som prøver å løfte stempelet er astman som reagerer på allergener og irritanter som f.eks parfyme, og trykket nedover er medisinene, og slik fortsetter det helt til man fjerner alle allergener og irritanter, da forsvinner trykket.  Reell hjelp er kun i å fjerne ting som gjør en allergisk, astmatisk, sensitiv person sjuk. Og hva som gjør det verre er at hvis man må medisinere, fordi man blir sjuk av all denne eksterne eksponeringen – alle ting man blir sjuk av hele dagen andre steder enn hjemme – er at en må bruke så veldig mye medisin at man får skumle bivirkninger fra medisinene som for eksempel skjelvinger, hjertetklapping, og press på kroppens funksjoner når man ikke kan unngå eksponeringen. Det er virkelig en stor kamp å ha i tillegg til pusteproblemer. Det ville virkelig hjelpe hvis det ikke var røyk og parfyme i verden, fordi så mange bruker det daglig overalt, selv over hele verden. Hvor man enn går så er det der. Det er vanskelig for meg å tømme resten av verden for parfyme og tobakksrøyk og andre forferdelige kjemikalier som blir brukt av forfengelighet slik at jeg og andre kan få det bedre. Dette må du gjøre for meg, du som bruker det.

Nå blir jo dette meget tett med informasjon, og selvfølgelig gjør jeg andre ting innimellom også der jeg ikke har det slik som dette. Men det er gjerne der er mindre folk og folk som bryr seg om min helse der jeg har det bra. Men det jeg har skrivit her beskriver litt av det man må gjennomgå i en parfymert verden.

Det virker lett for folk å bry seg om de som har fødevareallergi, pelsallergi, pollenallergi, kvalsteralergi osv, men når det gjelder parfyme da blir de fleste irritert.

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Parfyme, røykelse osv sprer seg fritt i luften som alle skal puste, akkurat som røyk gjør. Vi som ikke tåler parfyme må også puste, vi trenger ren luft.

Jeg ønsker meg en bred informasjonskampanje i tv og media om slik som dette jeg har fortalt om her, og jeg ønsker at det blir forbudt med bruk av parfyme, etterbarberingsvann, cologne, eau de toilette, inkludert essensielle oljer og bruk av alle sorter parfymerte produkter, fragrance marketing, doftpumper, s.k. luftoppfriskere der offentigheten har adgang og/eller kan komme inn, i tillegg også alle arbeidsplasser, også ansatte. Krav om ikke bruk av parfyme og parfymerte produkter og slik i offentlig transport både for ansatte, passasjerer og ved rengjøring. Både ansatte og kunder er sensitive. Ansatte må kunne arbeide uten å bli sjuke, og kunder må kunne benytte seg av bedrifter, kontorer osv uten å bli sjuke. I grunn ønsker jeg et forbud mot å tilsette parfyme i noen produkter i det hele tatt. Da kunne jeg og alle andre i min situasjon være frisk i flere situasjoner. Leve symtomfrie. Vi kunne treffe alle mennesker, gå overalt uten å bli sjuke.  Og jeg er slettest ikke allene om dette.  Det burde ikke være nødvendig å måtte bli sjuk pga andres forfenglighet og jåleri. Hva er viktigst? Helse eller jåleri?

Hva om det var du?

Annelie
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The sensitivity trap

In English

I will here describe situations where perfume and sweet-smelling otherwise become a problem.

Those who know me know that I am a bus driver and have asthma diagnosed in 2007. I have never smoked and have never had asthma before this year. I got my asthma at work in a bus wash, it is an occupational injury. I am just one among millions of others who are sensitive to perfumes and related products.

Since I became asthmatic, I becine sensitive to among other things, perfumes in all types including scented products and also all kinds of colored products, tobacco, incense, etc. When I inhale any of this my lungs protest by the airways in the lungs become filled with mucus and the muscles around the bronchial spasms so my airways in the lungs become clogged and I have difficulty breathing. There has become an inhibition because it makes me unable to walk and be everywhere.

Lungs with asthma - a fresh left bronchiole - easy to breathe through, and to the right a sick bronchiole - not so easy to breathe through.

Lungs with asthma – a fresh leftover bronchiole – easy to breathe through, and to the right a sick bronchiole – not so easy to breathe through.Lungs with asthma – a fresh leftover bronchiole – easy to breathe through, and to the right a sick bronchiole – not so easy to breathe through.

Most people use fragrance in any form to make a good impression on other people. In a meeting with me and many others they become a health problem. Those who use perfume becomes a threat to the  very health of ours. This means that we pull ourselves away from them. They achieve the exact opposite and in addition they make us sick.

Here are some examples from the past incident

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I drove the bus up the mountain and took on board some students and then drove back down again. At the end of the road by the way, it’s time to let other students on board coming from a corresponding bus. The first 5 people went well, then boarded a guy with a lot of aftershave on him. The stench cane from far away. I’ve had some good weeks past few weeks, but when he came as a perfume bomb aboard the bus and then there were good times gone… I started to cough when the airways clogged and narrowed, and it did not stop. It sought only deeper into the lungs. I took medicine but I kept coughing and was short of breath and it only got worse. Luckily I was going on break right afterwards, so I parked the bus with all doors and window open in the cold weather. I had to air out the bus, the stench of his after shave water in the bus had to go. He had probably perfumed himself to make him fine for others, instead he became a health problem.

Here are some more examples

Some use perfume, others have not sprayed perfume on themselves, but use scent added products for washing their clothes. Perfumed products smell too, and they contain the same ingredients as the regular perfume, plus several other substances. Others use scented hair products and hair spray. I get sick from that just as I get from perfume. Most people do not think that others are using scented products, it seems as if they believe in their corner of the world that are the only one doing it. Overall it is a lot. In everyday I meet people all the time who use perfume of any kind. It’s everywhere.

Asthma is bad.

Astma er fælt.“After breakfast it’s either going to work or a day off, and out of the house. Now is the time to meet the rest of the world and interact with people and all their habits. During a working day I sit behind the stearing wheel of a bus and meet many people, and most of them use perfume, and many of them smoke. They go into the bus unaware that I have asthma. They smell of perfume, some have showered in it the same morning. Some use old perfume that you can sense from the smell of it. Clothes smell of perfume from detergents, fabric softeners, deodorants and such. Perfume in its purest form, aftershave, cologne and other scented products are also frequently used. Strong hair spray, deodorants, body spray, etc. The smell hit my nose and it often smells good. A smoker throw their cigarette right outside the bus door and enter the door smiling while blowing smoke out inside the bus, and someone blows smoke in my face. Since I need oxygen like all others, I must also breathe just like everyone else. The scent and smoke that just touched my nose is now moving down my Airways and into my lungs. This is it, I know a rasping sensation in my lungs, I hear and know crackles from the lungs, so I get breathless. It’s getting harder to breathe, and then I know that my lungs tighten up and locks in a tight position. I start to cough. Coughing is the body’s way to work harder to get air, and by coughing to get more air, I must also inhale more of other people’s perfume or smoke in the air, and then I get even more difficult to breathe, and I cough harder and harder. It becomes a vicious circle. customers ask about it is virus? They are afraid it infects. I must get fresh air, so I open the side window. I feel the fresh air coming in, and I turn my head slightly away from the customer to limit some of the perfume and the smoke from getting direct access to my lungs. I’m trying to get fresh air from outsider into my airway, and if it does not help I hold my breath to avoid getting customers perfume and smoke in my lungs.’ll sell the ticket and provide customer the changes as soon as possible. ”

A woman walks on board the bus and want to have a ticket to the city. Her hair is stiff like smithereens, hard sprayed with hairspray. Something inexpensive that stinks strongly from far away. As she enters the bus door, I feel my lungs protest and close in the chest.

“A new Monday, a new week at work. People go into the bus with their perfume and smoke. I sell tickets last week and the week before and the week before that … I continue to get sick from second hand perfume and smoke. They leane toward me to talk in all the noise of the bus, and again and again their smokers breath triggers my asthma, a dose of perfume, some other chemicals in some products they use, and again and again I get sick. ”

Perfume, shaving water etc on colleagues

Colleagues are also human beings and using perfumes and scented products. For example, I have been experiencing that collueges  with lots of aftershave have been in a room. When I then enter the room, I know the smell of shaving water, and seconds afterwards it travels to my lungs and I get cough and breathing difficulties and must escape room. I had to do the errand another day.

Another experience was when I was going to take over the route by another driver. We were going to do a driver shift, and I was to take over his bus. The person had aftershave on him and I had to open all doors and windows to air out before I could drive on. Again clogged lungs themselves.

In the break room, all should be able to thrive. There is smoke free, but it is allowed to use perfume because there is no law against using perfume. Colleagues wearubg aftershavie and perfumes. The room is filled with fragrance. Lungs tie up, the airways become tight, much like when you step fill Your lungs with cotton. The air can difficult pass. I get asthma attacks and have to escape out on the stairs, take the medicine and ventilate the room.

It’s nice to go shopping and not least find something new. The trip to the store can be a challenge.

“I go to the mall to shop. I walk into a fashion shop and thinking of buying a sweater. I can not wait to find something, I am so exited. I walk around the store and find what I’m looking for. Happy searching I hopefully look for the cashier and find it. Just nearby to it is the perfume department located, really on both sides, and in front of it. The Cashier is circumference of perfume products. People stand there and try perfume on themselves, they spray perfume from bottles. It spreads in the air and I can smell from far away. Cashier are just steps away. I look at my sweater, and then the perfume stand and so on the cashier where I need to go to get the sweater with me. I know that if I go to the cashier when I will be sick. With a sad sigh I put the sweater back on the shelf where I found it, and leave the store. No sweater for me, and all because of perfume. : ‘(”

“After work I have to go shopping. I need some food and some cleaning products, detergents and hygiene products. I take a cart and stroll down to the shelves. Taking my juice, bread, margarine, milk, dinner, fruits and vegetables. So far everything goes good. now is the time to enter among the shelves to buy detergents. There is a lot to choose from, all kinds of brands and most of them are full of fragrance, color and chemicals. And right in the midst that I find the products I can use without getting sick. problem is that they are placed among all the products I get sick from, and to buy them, I must stand up in the middle of all the chemicals from the other products I get sick from . Though they are in their packages, the concentration of perfumes and chemicals in the air is so strong that I get sick anyway. My lungs tighten and I get sick again. Why can not they have a special shelf on their own for these products? I feel angry, and I think that I have I asked them so many times! Sometimes I literally had to run into the hallway to grab the product I want and then run quickly back out to be as little exposed as possible. I feel me like an idiot when I do it. I look around to see if anyone saw me do it? What would they think? Same happens when I have to buy shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body lotion, deodorant, etc. All is located in the middle of all the brands I get sick from, and I have to go through the shelfs at risk getting sick just buying what I do not get sick from. Could I ask … How stupid is that? ”

Asthma react to substances 0.02 ppm.

“I went to a office the day after an asthma attack. I went through the entrence door. On the first floor there are various shops and a cafe. When I came in the front door I felt a faint aroma of a scented candle or possibly incense. I had to pass, there is only one way in. I felt my lungs get irritated again and I was angry, for just a few hours ago, I had a strong asthma attack and was in hospital at night and I had to spend a lot of money on treatment to get better. I was tired and my lungs were tired and felt weak. Due perfumes in the air, I had to run to the elevator while I held my breath to get out of the hall. I felt my lungs clog, but fortunately, the elevator opened and I could find my rescue in a small closed room without fragrance and perfume. There smelled only of dirt from the floor thankfully.
On the way out of the office again, I had to go through the same shopping area again, and now my lungs began to demonstrate for real. I had to run out of the mall to get fresh air and take medicine to break down the asthma attack.

Fragrance branding, or scent marketing

Scent Marketing is the fragrance of the indoor air in offices and other localities where the public has access. It is made to lure customers to buy more. For example, but not exclusively popular with shops, shopping centers, hotels, conference rooms, and such facilities and more. To make it useless for asthmatics and other sensitive.

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A trip pharmacist can also mean challenges. Especially at Christmas time is a lot sale of various goods and perfumed incense. I encountered last Christmas not to be able to og inside the pharmacy because there was so strong perfumes and incense in the air. The air is filled with what I get sick from. I went into the pharmacy to get medicine to keep me fresh from asthma, and had to flee the pharmacy because of what makes me sick. I had a powerful astma attack inside the pharmacy and had to leave the prescription with the pharmacist and run out of the pharmacy premises. I had to stand outside in the street, and I had to shout to her through the door what I needed and telling her to deliver it outside where I was waiting. I could not enter. Be sick, forced out on the street because of it, and a feeling of being banished, humiliation and disease, plus all staring at me. I could not go to the drugstore for all of December and half of January. A place I must go to get my medication.

“In the coffee shop where I sit among many people. Lots’re dressed nice to meet friends. Pleasant. Sad thing about it is that they dress up in perfume, hair spray, etc. I drink my coffee. Sensor infection in the lungs sneak up on me because of the fragrance. If I get very bothered when is going to be very bad, and then I have to leave here too. ”

To meet friends who do not quite understand how bad it can be to have asthma in their perfumed environments can be a challenge. While will say straight out – Oh my… what stinks! Since I do not want to hurt their feelings I take the pretty version. I have a friend, an awesome lady, I like her a lot and we have a great time together. Unfortunately, one of her biggest interests are… just right perfume, and she uses often harsh and often perfume. She smokes a little too. When we meet and she has scented and smoke I have to go 2-3 meter away from her to not become sick. I will not spoil the mood so I go a distance from her. This is my solution for that she will not be upset. I do not think she fully understands how asthma affects when it happens. It’s been a little better, now she knows that she must not wear it in the car. I hope she ends up With being the hero. It’s a bit sad to be sick of a hug when you meet. You know the smell before you see her sometimes, and it is a pity because she is such a nice lady.

On a visit at home of others one can also create experiences

The person washing clothes in scented detergents and fabric softeners and dry tumbling clothes. The gases from the dryer spread about and I could not be there. Asthma attack of washing and drying clothes are very brutal and acute asthma attacks. Scented candles burned slowly spreading about and the experience of getting asthma attacks of scented candles is to me as if you slowly suck the oxygen out of the room. It is a creeping suffocating experience and finally I have to escape the room and maybe out of the house.

Air fresheners are also popular in private homes. Here I get a mixture of what is happening when exposed to the laundry, tumble dryer and scented candles.

To help with the dishes can be an ordeal too, because what is often on the bench? The scented dishwashing fellow! It is strange it must be so, perfume has no cleaning ability, it spreads only about a whiff of chemicals that I and many others get sick from.

Sleep over at others can also pose problems. Most people wash their sheets in scented detergents and fabric softener. When it is dry I do not get that immediate acute reactions, but more so that builds up over time. And sleeping is something that takes time, so the morning after, or after a few days in others may be breathing heavy and clog the lungs.

When I sleep over at others and not have my own soap, shower cream, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, deodorant etc with me I can not shower. I have either just showering in water without using soap and such, or wait until I get home. If I wash myself in scented soaps in the shower I get  asthma attack.

Cleaning agents at the home of others offering the same challenge. It is very common that people use perfumed and chemical-filled cleaning products on spray bottle for example, and ditto cleaning products for floors, benches, etc. All this makes me sick. Yes, you may begin to finally see how it can be to live with this?

“The evening comes and I get a call. A friend asks if I want to go to a restaurant? I am very happy and say yes, I’ll pick you up in half an hour :) I park outside and wait for him. When he enters the car smiling and I say – Hey!, and in the same second I get an asthma attack. He forgot that I have asthma and had sprayed aftershave all over them. The scent was so strong, and the fragrance filled the whole car. I had to open all the windows while I coughed ugly as the lungs try to get air, and took my medicine. But the medicine did not help, it was not enough. Lungs strangling me. I medicated a lot to keep the attacks down. It was cold outside and we drove with the windows open. My Friend froze but I could not close the windows, because if I did I would be very ill, it was bad now but would then be even worse. If I closed the windows I would have had to stop and exit the vehicle myself. I must have fresh air. I can not sit in a car where the perfume and it was a 15 minute drive to the restaurant. I had to have the windows open, but even with the windows open, I was very sick even if it made it a tiny bit better. Only second option would be to let him out of the car and let him walk home. It felt I’d been unkind. At the restaurant, I was sick all night. The aftershave reached me across the table, and my health was rejected throughout the evening. I tried to medicate, it helped a little, but it was never really an end to the misery. It was as bad from start to finish. It was also possible to hear it on my voice talking, voice was hoarse and weak. My breath made my voice sounded strange and jarring. After a while, I had to visit the ladies room. Both to go to the toilet, to get a break from the perfume at the table and also to take my medicine. Took my Symbicort medicine, my Ventoline was not strong enough to combat attack so I had to try something and I needed to rinse my mouth after. I went into the ladies room and a wall of perfume in the form of cleaning products and  airfresheners met me. I just took the medicine, and rinse my mouth, I had to og to the bathroom and now I was left breathing problems because of cleaners and airfreshener. : ( From the ashes left in the fire. I cleaned my mouth, and then quickly out again, back to the table and all the perfume. still sick. Yet another end of a day came. Again I took my medication before night. Fell asleep. I was not good at all. ”

Attached to the means to dress nicely, and then dressed people also into perfume chemicals. To sit a lot in a room whatever the situation and there is perfume and poor indoor air result in asthma attacks. I have experienced it both in the break room at work, on the bus, in people’s homes, in line at the store and at festive occasions among other situations.

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“Early in the morning, I was going to work. It was a fresh, clear day with fresh air. I walked towards the car standing in the parking lot. So I heard quick steps on the gravel behind me. It was my neighbor who was running late on her way to work . She was in haste to reach the bus. I said it’s almost gone and I could give her a lift. I drive past the hospital where you work, I said. She was very happy., we sat in the car. During the same second she closed the door, I felt the scent of her perfume. My lungs reacted immediately to it. Suddenly I regretted my goodness to offer to give her a ride. But now, she surely had missed the bus and I could not ask her to step out of the car. I opened windows without telling her I was sick and took some medicine. I kept quiet about it. I would not insult her. But I think unfortunately I will think twice before I give her a ride again. If so, she must go wash of the fragrance off her. It sucks to be sick just because you are kind. ”

Love is great when it works and your health is good.

“Sometimes I think about finding a man. Sometimes I feel it would be nice to have someone. But then, I have problem with my asthma. I can not have a man who uses tobacco, I would be sick from his breath and kisses. And he must not use perfumes and perfumed products, and if he is using perfume and fragranced products, he must give it up, because I get the sick from it too. Such may be difficult to achieve. A lot of people do not accept the need to change their habits and likes. So now certainly well over half the population are out of the picture. So what is left when all is sorted out? On top of that after sorting all the “toxic” candidates out, I have to find some meeting me among them. And where to find him? For a wonderful world it would be without perfume and smoke. Days with the ability to love. Days without sickness! And maybe even days without medicine? Well, I think I must have medicine anyway, but at least days with not so much medication and fever asthma attacks. Whenever I get sick in asthma I must medicate even more. I get asthma attacks often, so I use a lot of drugs. If I’m exposed to less chemicals and irritants then get I more rareøy get sick, I’m less sick and use less medicine. ”

I talked about it to go to the toilet.

Going to the bathroom is something most people take for granted that things are going well, but such is not the case for a sensitive person. To go to the bathroom can be a challenge but not due to what most would react, namely a dirty toilet. Ok, we who are sensitive also dislike dirty toilets, and just as not sensitive so I also turn in the door if it is nasty. But in addition to this, scented, color sat, antiseptic, strong cleaning agents, air fresher, scent blocks, scented candles, incense etc make the toilet to an inaccessible corner. When so used the toilet get a barrier, a wall that is not able to og through. You may want to compare it with wheelchairs and stairs. The lungs clog, the rattling, I cough, I have to run from it. As I stand there and is not able to go to the bathroom because of the perfume.

Taking a ride on the ferry, store, shopping centers, take out a freshly washed bus at work, or take the bus to the store, government offices etc may also pose challenges and disease. On the ferry and everywhere else they wash like everyone else does, and of course it is good that it is clean, but they are not aware of asthma and allergy. Here they use only scented and lots of chemistry that I get sick of. It is a bad weather out, I have either not the car with me, and it’s so cold out there that it is untenable to sit in the car on the ride over if I have it with me. I decide myself to go to the salon. The cleaning staff is there and use the cleaning spray bottle and other things, everything is strong and perfumed. I know the lungs react and I have to turn in the door and go out in the cold and the bad weather again. Locked out by perfumes and harsh chemicals. This also happens at work as a bus driver since I often take the ferry in the job. It also happens in other places where such cleaning agents are used.

One episode I remember very well was just before Christmas and I was buying potatoes for my Christmas dinner. I came to the store and went in the door. I smelled the cleaning Product as they were washing the floor. I got no further than within the gates before I had a severe asthma attack, it literally stank the whole store of the strong cleaning Product they used that was so strong it smelled strongly like degreasing about. I tried to medicate with asthma medicine in hope that it would pass, but it did not, I knew it built up to a real bad and acute attack so I had to walk out of the store. I could not be there. Cashier lady that I use to talk to heard my asthma attack and was upset. – Do you react so bad? she said. Yes, I can not be here, ‘I said. So I went out.

What you use to clean the premises are very important for customers.

But I needed my potatoes so I just had to act, and so early there is only one shop open. So I went out to the car and retrieved my protection mask that I use at work, put it on and completed shopping. But it is embarrassing to have to wear such a mask because the store is cleaned, I knew the others who were there looked at me. But I have no choice when they use as fragranced and chemical filled cleaners.

To pass through a shop with open plan onto the center, ie open door to the halls, make that perfume and fragrance from scented products, including essential oils, spreads in the air and causing asthma attacks.

To queue

To queue also offers disease. In front of me and behind and among beside me stand people wearing perfume, deodorant, body spray, hair products, vaskemedler, fabric softeners, etc. I have to keep something over the nose and mouth, and in the worst case I have to go and can not buy or have what I should.

It is important to be neutral when you meet sensitive people, also unknown, it is important to be fragrance free. A very dirty person who has not washed in a few days is as bad as a person who uses perfume. Both provide asthma attacks.

Sometimes I can not sleep so well, and sometimes I wake up too because of Asthma. I have experienced waking up by asthma attack. My lungs choked me, and I woke up. The lungs tightened, it did not air. It was scary. Had to rush to the kitchen to take medication.

I have cleaned my home for scented washing products, perfumed cleaning products and hygiene products to help my health. I buy perfume free. The home is a perfume and smoke free zone. At least here I do not get sick from smoke and perfume. Well, that is as long as the visitors who come here do not use perfume and smoke even if they must smoke outside, it is with Third hand smoke. Both my home and my car is a perfume and smoke free zone.

Most people think that if someone is “allergic or something” then it’s just taking medicine, then the problem is solved. It’s not the right answer. The medication helps, but they do not cure the disease, it just takes away some of the problems. What happens is instead that when one continues to be subjected to what one is allergic and sensitive to, the symtoms is smoldering constantly. It does not go away. You take medicine to push it down, but then you still are exposed to allergens and irritants all the time when firing it up under asthman again and again and again. It is like a steam boiler that is trying to lift a piston, while pushing the piston down from the tick. Steamer trying to lift the piston is Astman that react to allergens and irritants such as perfume, and pressed down the drugs, and so on until you remove all allergens and irritants. Real help is only to remove things that make an allergic, asthmatic, sensitive person ill. And what makes it worse is that if you have to medicate because they are sick of all this external exposure – all the things one gets sick all day long from so many sources elsewhere than at home, that one must use very much medicine that you get side effects from the medications tremors, heart clapping, and pressure on the body functions when you can not avoid it. It really is a great game to have in addition to breathing problems. It would really help if there was smoke and perfume in the world, because so many people use it everyday everywhere, even all over the world. Wherever it goes it’s there. It’s hard for me to clear the world of perfume and tobacco smoke and other horrible chemicals so I can get it better. You must do this to me, you who use it.

Now, this is the very dense with information, and of course I do other stuff in between too where I do not have it like this. But I have skrivit here describe some of the things you have to undergo a perfumed world.

It seems easy for people to care about those who have maternity care allergy, skin allergy, pollen allergy, kvalsteralergi etc, but when it comes to perfume when they are most annoyed.

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Perfume, incense etc spreads in the air that everyone must breathe, just like smoking does. Us who can not tolerate perfume must also breathe, we need clean air to breathe.

I want a broad information campaign in television and media about like that I have talked about here, and I wish that it will be forbidden the use of perfume, aftershave, cologne and use of all kinds of scented products, including essential oils, where the public has These and / or may enter, in addition also all workplaces, whether employees. Requirements for the use of perfumes and perfumed products and to public transport for employees, passengers and the cleaning. Both employees and customers are sensitive. Employees must be able to work without getting sick, and customers must be able to benefit businesses, offices etc without getting sick. The reason I want a ban on adding fragrance to any products at all. Then I could and everyone else in my situation to be healthy in several situations. We could take all the people without getting sick of them. And I struggled test not allene about this. There should be no need to have to be sick because others Faafeng and affectation. What is most important? Health or affectation?

What if it were you?

Annelie


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Nut, fur and fragrance

People tend to treat different sensitvities differently. It seams Ok to be gentle, understanding and caring when it comes to food allergy, fur allergy and other such allergies, but when you start to talk fragrance people get  a strange look on their face. It is like when someone start to talk smoke bans with smokers, they do not seam to think perfume can be a cause of illness and also they stand up stating their right to use it. As I use to say to a friend who smokes that is very anti to alcohol, but think that it should be ok to smoke. He thinks it do not harm anyone, not as bad as alcohol does anyway. I say

” – If I sit beside you having a beer with my dinner when we eat together, it does not make you ill from it. But if you smoke beside me it makes me and others there ill.”

He still protests and claim it is a violation on his freedom and right to choose for himself. Many smokers are like this.

Then we have those who aka LOVE FRAGRANCE! If you tell them their fragrance is hurtful to your and other sensitive people’s health and that they should not use it, and if it comes to turms on a fragrance ban and protecting peoples health they turn red on you. They also feel it is their right to use fragrance, and they get offended and get sad, feeling like the smokers that it is a violation on their freedom and right to choose for themselves.

What about the freedom and right for those sensitive to be and stay healthy?

The big wonder is that it seam like it is all Ok! by people to care about those who are sensitive to food, animals, dust, grass and so on, all of what does not go on them personal. As long as they do not have to make a offering to prevent another person from getting sick it is alright to be allergic and sensitive, and then they are more than willing to help and care.

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* This article was made after a long period of time of discussing with other sensitive online, it is a widely spread problem to those sensitive this attitude among people. This article springs out of collected knowledge.


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Good manners, fragrance or stench – by Frøydis Karlsen

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Frøydis Karlsen er ei dame som blir sjuk av andre sitt parfymebruk. I denne artikkelen beskriver hun sine opplevelser.

Faksimilie av Frøydis Nilsen debattinnlegg i Aftenposten 5. november 2010.

Faksimilie av Frøydis Nilsen debattinnlegg i Aftenposten 5. november 2010.

In English

Good manners, fragrance or stench

Frøydis Karlsen is a woman who is sick of second fragrance use. In this article she describes her experiences.

“After having read the article by Aage Hegge Hansen in the newspaper on the 1. of October 2010, I felt I had to tell everyone about my difficulties with and views on perfume use.

I am allergic and react to perfume with breathing difficulties on most perfume. What for others is a nice scent, for me is a develish stench. When it comes to cleaning products and washing products including softeners I think it is totally meaningless to add fragrance (aka perfume) to them since they have absolutely no function for the result. I have heard of cases where people have been sent to hospital acute after use of fragrance products. I have also been in contact with Denofa and Lilleborg about fragrance products. I was told that is a rule in the EU agreement that states that some products has to be added fragrance. It is absolutely horrific that such agreement is made to add chemicals and fragrance that causes so many people distress and illness, and that in worst case can cause death.

Some days ago I went to a store in the Alta Amfi mall, and the lady behind the counter stanched of perfume. Luckily my errand there was brief so I could get out of there fast. My wish is that the shop owners forbid their employees to use perfume and perfumed products, aka fragrance and scent. It should be forbidden at work since it is absolutely unnecessary. It should be possible to use scent without bathing in it. That goes not only for women, but for men too. Such I call living stench bombs. I cannot say it is good manners to make other people ill.

Frøydis Karlsen”

 And she is so right this Frøydis Karlsen in Alta in Norway. There is no need to use perfume and scent, and make other people sick. What if it was you that became ill from others perfume use? It is everywhere and you cannot escape it. Lets start a new better way and cut the perfume use everywhere. And also remember that perfume comes hidden in other products too. Buy scent free products and limit the risk of making others ill.


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Perfume free helps – by Annelie Molin

I have been very often and much sick last year, not always equal to sick leave I try to stay at wor) but. I have been using both much preventive medicine and also very much Ventoline to keep me going. I know a big part of the problem is at work with the products that are in use there. I told it to my lung doctor and also to my boss. First it seamed troublesome to do something about it, it sounded.

I got fed up with always being sick all the time taking medicine all the time, so I throw away the fragranced washing up liquid used in the kitchen at work and got another sort for my own money. And I  bought a cleaning agent myself  I know I do not get sick from for use at work. Both the cleaning lady and I used it when needed, I also got myself my own fragrance free soap for the bathroom. I have also kept a bit to myself  lateley in my perfume free safe environment at home.

And you know what? I have not been much sick for a long time now! I have hardly used any Ventoline! Of course I have used my preventive asthma medicines, that I will have to do for the rest of my life. This shows it do help a lot with fragrance free products.

And this I told my boss. Using another product than those used in the work environment helps, I said. And I do not get as sick, and do not need to use as much medicine, I said.

And my boss promised to buy perfume free products for use in the work environment from now on.

I hope he remember and keep his promise.

And one more thing. If we start getting our localities and buses cleaned fragrance free, it will benefit all the fragrance allergic passengers too. ;)

I wish the rest of the world could be fragrance free as well. What a wonderful world it would be.

Fragrance free helps!


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Perfume free hospitals

Information from Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, NAAF:

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Parfymefrie sykehus – friskere pasienter

http://www.naaf.no/no/aktuelt/Nyhetsarkiv/Parfymefrie-sykehus–friskere-pasienter/#.T6Ep8AlNcOM.facebook

NAAF Dato publisert: 02.05.2012 Sist oppdatert: 03.05.2012

INFORMASJON PUBLISERT AV NAAF at naaf.no

“Din godlukt gjør andre syke. Mange vet ikke dette og tror nesten det er en spøk. Det er ekstra problematisk på sykehus.

3. mai går startskuddet for NAAFs parfymekampanje. Da finner du tillitsvalgte på sykehus over hele landet.

Hvis vi sier parfyme, hva tenker du på da? Neppe kjemikalier. Den  slags befinner seg i garasjen eller skapet under vasken, ikke på  baderomshyllen. Eller..?

Ingen vil unødig utsette seg for kjemikalier fra eksos,  malingsfjernere, bunnstoff til båt eller plantevernmidler. Men selv  kjemikalier som lukter godt utgjør en del av den kjemiske cocktailen som  tar stadig større plass i vår hverdag.

Parfymefrie sykehus Mange reagerer allergiske eller såkalt  overfølsomt på andres godlukter. Det er snakk om 1/4 av befolkningen. Og det er så mye som lukter godt:  Hårprodukter, deodorant, kremer, etterbarberingsvann, parfyme, cologner.  På et sykehus bør vi unngå unødige belastninger som kan gjøre noen  syke. Det er et enkelt tiltak både for pasienter, ansatte og besøkende –  når man bare vet om det.

Astma- og Allergiforbundet syntes derfor dette er et naturlig sted å  begynne med å redusere totalen av kjemisk påvirkning – hvor av  parfymerte egenpleieprodukter er én viktig kilde! Andre land har  allerede tatt lignende skritt.

Landsomfattende kampanje Astma- og Allergiforbundets landsomfattende kampanje starter torsdag 3. mai: Parfymefrie sykehus – friskere pasienter.Vi  befinner oss på en rekke sykehus landet over. Her byr vi på informasjon  og prøver på parfymefrie egenpleieprodukter. Vår oppfordringer er at  alle, ansatte, pasienter og besøkende, heretter unngår parfymerte  egenpleieprodukter på sykehuset, nå som de vet…”

NAAF har æren for denne teksten, jeg er bare med og hjelper til å spre nyheten.

Les mere her: http://naaf.no/no/allergi/Overfolsomhet/Parfymefrie-sykehus–friskere-pasienter/

In English

Fragrance-free hospitals – healthier patients

NAAF Date published: 05/02/2012 Last Updated: 03/05/2012

INFORMATION PUBLISHED BY NAAF at naaf.no

“Your fragrance make others sick. Many do not know this and think it’s almost a joke. It is particularly problematic in hospitals. 3 May sees the start of NAAF perfume campaign. Then you will find representatives of hospitals across the country.

If we say perfume, what are you thinking then? Hardly chemicals. The kind located in the garage or cupboard under the sink, not on the bathroom shelf. Or ..?

No one wants unnecessary exposure to chemicals from the exhaust, paint removers, antifouling boat or pesticides. Even chemicals that smells good is part of the chemical cocktail that takes an increasing place in our everyday lives.

Fragrance-Free Many react allergic or are so-called over-sensitive to others’ fragrances. We are talking about 1/4 of the population in Norway. And there’s so much that smells good: Haircare, deodorant, creams, aftershave, perfume, cologne. At a hospital, we should avoid unnecessary strain that can make some sick. It is a simple measure for patients, staff and visitors – when you just know about it.

Norway Asthma and Allergy Association thought this is a natural place to begin to reduce the total of the chemical effects – where the scented personal care products is one important source! Other countries have already taken similar steps.

Nationwide campaign Asthma and Allergy Association’s nationwide campaign starts on Thursday 3 May: Fragrance-free hospitals – healthier patients. We find ourselves in a number of hospitals nationwide. Here we offer information and samples of fragrance-free cosmetics. We encourage all employees, patients and visitors, hereafter avoid scented personal care products in the hospital, now that they know … ”

NAAF has the honor of this text, I am only helping to spread the news.


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3. May – NO to perfume – NAAF

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3. mai er startdagen for Norges Astma og Allergiforbunds kampanje ved Norges sjukhus med informasjon om helseskader angående parfyme og parfymerte produkter. Trasig er at de ikke stiller ved sjukhuset der jeg bor til tross for at jeg meldte meg som intressert å stå der, det er både skuffende og dårlig. :(

Men likevel, deltake du også og gjør verden et bedre sted å være!!

Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, NAAF, Fresh air for all – without smoke and perfume. Foto: Irene H. Hansen

3. of May is the day for the information campaign about the health danger with perfume at hospitals and kindergarden arranged by the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association NAAF. Unfortunately and disapointing they are not attending at the local hospital where I live even though I announced my interest to join. :(

But anyway, join and make the world a better place to be!


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I want a perfume ban – Eli Vatle Sundsbak – bt.no

Translation in English further down

Vil forby parfyme

BT artikkel “- En dråpe for mye er nok til å bli syk, sier allergiker Eli Vatle Sundsbak, som blir dårlig av godlukt.

Røyken er borte fra utelivet. Det neste kan bli parfymen. Mange blir syke av godlukten, og parfymen bør bort fra det offentlige rom. Det mener både Astma- og Allergiforbundet og Landsforeningen for Hjerte- og Lungesyke.

Skyr folkemasser Eli Vatle Sundsbak skyr store selskaper, handlesentre, taxfreeforretninger, og andre steder hvor hun vet hun kan treffe masse folk.

– Kommer jeg for nær en som har dynket seg med fransk parfyme, kan et migreneanfall være på vei, sier den 71 år gamle pensjonisten.

Eli Vatle Sundsbak lider av parfymeallergi. Gjennom årene er det blitt en del selskaper hun har måttet forlate i hui og hast på grunn av parfymeduft.

Snu i døren Da Vatle Sundsbak var yrkesaktiv, kunne det skje at hun måtte snu i døren på jobben fordi hun tilfeldigvis hadde sittet i nærheten av en parfymebruker på bussen.

– Flimring for øynene er første faresignal. Får jeg ikke frisk luft, slår hodepinen inn. Da er det ingen annen utvei enn å gå hjem å legge seg, sier hun.

Hjemme best Vatle Sundsbak er derfor ikke så ofte å se på kafeer og restauranter. Hun trives best hjemme.”

Kilde: http://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/Vil-forby-parfyme–2613358.html

Jeg er enig i at parfymerte passasjerer er en helseplage, ikke bare for allergiske og astmatiske sjåfører som meg selv, men også for medpassasjerere. Busselskapa, tog-, trikk- og tunnelbaneselskapa kunne også gjøre noe for oss som sliter med parfymeallergi og vaske vognene innvendig med parfymefrie vaskemidler. Bedrifter og butikker kunne forby ansatte å bruke parfyme i arbeidstida.

In English

From news article in BT.no

Will ban perfume

BT “- A drop too much is enough to get sick, says perfume allergic Eli Vatle who get sick from the perfume use.

The smoke is gone from the nightlife. The next could be perfume. Many are sick from perfume, and perfume should be away from the public. It says both the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association and the Norwegian National Association for Heart and Lung.

Avoids crowds Eli Vatle Sundsbak shuns large gatherings and party, shopping malls, duty free shops and other places where she knows she can take a lot of people.

– When I get too close to someone who has doused them with perfume, a migraine is coming, says the 71 years old pensionist.

Eli Vatle Sundsbak suffer from perfume allergies. Over the years there have been a number of happenings she has had to leave in a hurry because of the perfume fragrance.

Turn around in the door When Vatle Sundsbak was working, it happend that she had to turn in the door at work because she happened to have been near a perfume user in the bus.

– Flickering of the eyes is the first danger signal. If I can not get fresh air, it turn into the headache. Then there is no other option than to go home to bed, she says.

Home best Vatle Sundsbak is not so often seen in cafes and restaurants. She prefers home. ”

Source: http://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/Vil-forby-parfyme–2613358.html

I agree that perfumed passengers is a health problem, not only for allergic and asthmatic drivers like myself, but also for fellow passengers. Bus companies, train, tram and metro companies could also do something for us who are struggling with perfume allergies and wash vehicles inside with perfume-free cleaning agents. Companies and shops could forbid their employees to use perfume at work.


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Restrictions on perfume use – LHL Yes Please! – framtidinord.no

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Vil begrense godlukta

(framtidinord.no 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: framtidinord.no http://www.framtidinord.no/article495496.ece

LHL skriver på sitt nettsted:

Sitat

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.”
Kilde: http://www.lhl.no/no/om-lhl/lhl-mener/horinger/arkiv-2011/politiske-uttalelser-2011/landsmote-2011-forebygging-av-parfymeskader/

Sitat slutt.

(framtidinord.no 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: framtidinord.no www.framtidinord.no/article495496.ece

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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!!!

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Want to restrict perfume use

(framtidinord.no 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.”

Source: framtidinord.no
http://www.framtidinord.no/article495496.ece

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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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Politicians – daily and at election

Politikere:

– Dere er opptatt av Barns oppvesktvillkår, helse, sjukvård mv… Den handler om allergi, astma og sensitivitet. Det handler mye om barns oppvekstvillkår det også. ca 1.23 Millioner personer i Norge er allergiske, astmatiske og sensitive av noe slag og merparten av disse er også sensitive mot parfyme og røyk. Men dere gir tydeligvis blaffen.

Dette er noe dere bør ta tak i. Ikke bare er det et problem for den enkelte som allerede er sjuk, men også et problem for de som står i risikosonen for å bli sjuke. Da de blir sjuke, da blir de aldri friske igjen. Og for sammfunnet er astma, allergier og sensitivitet en meget dyr historia i tillegg. Sjukmeldinger koster stat og kommune mye penger. Alle medisiner som trengs for å dempe symptomene koster mye penger. Ja, medisinene er til for å DEMPE SYMPTOMENE, IKKE HELBREDE SYKDOMMEN. Astma, allergi og sensitiviteet går IKKE å helbrede da man en gang har fått det. Medisinene er KUN til for å DEMPE symtomene men sjukdommen går ikke bort helt av den grunn, og det er ikke helt uvanlig at symtomene ikke heller forsvinner helt også om man tar medisin. Eneste som hjelper er å fjerne det man blir sjuk av. Man kan ta hvor mange piller og inhaleringer som helst uten at det hjelper stort, så lenge som man befinner seg blandt det som gjør en sjuk. Det eneste som hjelpere er å fjerne det som gjør en sjuk og gir symptomer. Derfor er det slik at de som har astma, allergi og sensitivitet må holde seg borte fra hele miljøet der allergener og irritanter er.

Astma, allergi og sensitivitet kan være like handikappende i sitiuasjoner og miljøer som det å være bundet til en rullestol. For en allergisk, astmatisk og sensitiv person kan det være akkurat like handikappende å ha astma, allergi og sensitivitet som å være rullestolbrukere og medføre at en person blir utstøtt fra jobb, sosiale sammenkomster, møter, handleturer, bussturer, togturer, flyturer kjøpesentra o.s.v. Røyk og parfymefritt er de allergiske, astmatiske og sensitives rampe, den rampe som rullestolbrukeren i sin situasjon trenger for å komme seg opp trappene for å ikke bli ekskludert. Se eksempel med Kirsten:
http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/troms_og_finnmark/1.6954399
http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/troms_og_finnmark/1.7054195

Astma, allergi og sensitivitet er et handikapp. En som er sjuk i astma, allergi, sensitivitet blir ikke frisk av å ta medisiner, men må bli befridd fra det som gjør sjuk.

Personlig har jeg erfart å ikke kunne kjøpe varer jeg vil ha fordi der er parfymavdeling plassert ved siden av kassan, og der foregår parfymeprøving. Eller jeg kan ikke engang gå inn i en butikk fordi der stinker av duftstoffer (det andre kaller godlukt). Jeg har stått og ventet i køen i kassan og blitt sjuk av andres parfymebruk. Jeg jobber på bussen og har i hopetall opplevd andres parfymebruk og tobakksbruk er et helseproblem, dette til tross for at jeg har krav på en røykfri arbeidsdag i min arbeidsplass så blir jeg likevel utsatt for røyk fordi folk blåser røyken ut i bussen når de skal gå inn. Folk som nettopp har røyket har mye røyk igjen i lungene tross for at de ikke tror det, og da de puster på en astmatikere da blir astmatikeren sjuk. Astma er en lungesjukdom. Og når en astmatikere blir sjuk da er det lungene som streiker og ikke lenger fungerer som de skal. Parfyme er også et stort problem for astmatikere og gjør sjuk på likt med tobakk. Men parfyme finnes ikke bare på flaske, men er også indullet i en rekke andre produkter alt fra vaskemidler, kremer og lys, toalettpapir, blader, skosåler mv.

I USA og Canada er røyking og parfymebruk forbudt i det offenlige rom også ute i bl.a New York, Los Angeles, Halifax m.fl steder
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-05-23/us/new.york.smoking.ban_1_smoking-on-public-beaches-smoking-ban-secondhand-smoke?_s=PM%3AUS
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Outdoor-Smoking-Ban-Starts-Tuesday-117581074.html
http://halifax.ca/boardscom/smoking/index.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2004/sep/18/publichealth.weekendmagazine
http://www.crystalspring.co.uk/fragrance-bans-a-5.html

Det finnes ingen vitenskapelig oversikt over forekomst av miljøhemming i Norge, men noen små forsøk på å få kunnskap finnes utført av inneklima.com, og spredte undersøkelser er gjort internasjonalt. En av de mest solide er gjennomført i Kalifornia for vel 10 år siden (Kreutzer, Neutra, Lashuay 1995). I den amerikanske undersøkelsen var det mest plager hos personer med astma (31,5 % mot 13,9 % hos de andre 3%). Mange av de med astma rapporterte alvorligere og /verre reaksjoner enn de uten astma. Av de spurte så er det temmelig nær den forekomst av astma som er funnet i Norge. Man må dok huske at detter er noe gamle tall og antallet med astma øker for hvert år i Norge. Av det totale antall intervjuede var det 6,3% som hadde legediagnostisert miljøsykdom (”environmental illness”) eller multippel kjemisk overfølsomhet. Disse diagnosene øker også i hele verden og også i Norge.

Astma er lik over hele verdenen, lungene fungerer likt uansett land man bor i.

Miljøhandikapp:
http://www.doksenter.custompublish.com/miljoehemmede-fram-i-lyset-.4490900-82143.html
https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/the-environmental-impairments/
http://allergiviten.no/index.asp?G=3417&ID=10276

Jeg synes det viser på arroganse å ikke engasjere seg mere i et så viktig tema. 1/4 av Norges innbyggere har det problemet med allergi , astma og sensitivitet.

Astma, allergi og sensitivitet går under loven om Likestilling og tilgjengelighet:

“Likestillings og Diskriminerings Ombudet håndhever diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven (dtl), som forbyr diskriminering på grunn av nedsatt funksjonsevne. Loven har også bestemmelser om universell utforming, jf. § 9, og individuell tilrettelegging, jf. § 12. Flere av de problemstillingene med astma, allergi og sensitivitet kan reise spørsmål etter dtl. ” Likestillings og Diskrimineringsomdudet LDO

Skjerpings.

Annelie Molin