Skip to comments.Lawmaker: Remove Toxic Nailpolish now!
Posted on 05/16/2005 6:19:34 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
In a new war with the $35 billion cosmetics industry, a Manhattan lawmaker is preparing to seek a ban in New York of the sale of cosmetics with suspected links to cancer, asthma and birth defects. The chemicals known as DBP and DEHP are widely used here in nail polish, lipstick, shampoo, deodorant and other grooming products, mainly as a binding agent for colors, but are banned in the European Union because they were deemed hazardous to women.
Assemblyman Scott Stringer (D-Manhattan), who's introducing the ban in a bill tomorrow, said he's prepared for a firestorm of lobbying from the industry's powerful Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, which worked to kill a similar bill in committee in California's legislature two weeks ago.
Several cosmetic giants, including L'Oreal, Estee Lauder, Aveda, the Body Shop and Unilever, have already removed the suspected harmful chemicals from many of their products. Revlon has also announced it's replacing the chemicals with safer ones. "New York should be at the forefront of assuring greater cosmetics safety," said Stringer.
"Banning these chemicals now in personal grooming products will stop us from looking back 10 or 20 years from now and saying, 'We should have done something before.'"
Consumer alarms over the safety of the ingredients triggered an inquiry by the Food and Drug Administration, which ruled last week that although the chemicals harmed animals, it found nothing harmful to humans. The FDA said it would monitor the chemicals. In its 67-year history, the FDA has banned only nine such ingredients. The cosmetics lobby group says efforts to ban the chemicals are "scare tactics" that are "not only anti-business, but not even based on scientific evidence."
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Hmmm...Assemblyman/Lawyer going after deep pocketed defendent, or does he really care about our health? *Scratches Head*
Please, Mr. Democrat, save us from ourselves!
The dems are real good at making cosmetic changes.
They can have my make-up when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!
Can they tell me how many cancer deaths we have had from nailpolish?
From the application, or from the kissing of fingers and toes?
When they take away makeup from law-abiding citizens, only criminals will have makeup.
Please mentally insert picture of Michael Jackson. (I can't paste a pic because my techie teen is in school.)
Just for the record, I know a lady who was in the "beauty business" for years who now has asthma and other health problems; did nails for years. Can't be around a lot of stuff now.
Many people with asthma are seriously endangered by stuff like perfumes (most perfumes are based on petroleum by prodcts).
Oh it's okay that you can'y post MJ!
I STILL haven't been able to get his weird mug out of my brain!
That never stopped these nannies in the past.
They probably can't. If they don't quote numbers, there aren't any to quote.
My guess is there are next to none.
A new "sin-tax" in the making?
Specifically, what are the chemicals in question. I hate when people throw around anacronyms figuring they're sounding scientific. Also, it sounds like the next cash cow for the trial lawyers. Ban the substances and then any woman that has a health complaint can sue the cosmetics manufacturers. I guess the asbestos lawsuits aren't bringing in the $$$ like they used to.
I'd heard that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer.
Some people here think EVERYTHING the government does as far as oversight or standards goes is MEDDLIN'! Know what? Sometimes substances get into things we use and they end up being harmful. It's not necessarily through "evil intent" that they got there, but it would be pretty hard for a single citizen to take a corporation to task.
Yes, the government can abuse its power--and does, all too often.
But take it from a father who stood over his expiring 12-year-old daughter in the ER when she suffered an allergic reaction to a substance in a nail polish she tried: Stuff's out there that can kill you. My daughter pulled through, but it was close.
There were other reports of similar reactions, and the company moved fast to change its formulation. I think companies are more responsive these days...and I also think they'd be less responsive if they didn't think some governing body would clamp down at some point.
So, while it's a little long for a bumper sticker, here's my point: GIVE ME JUST ENOUGH GOVERNMENT TO KEEP ME SAFE WITHOUT KILLING ME.
"I'd heard that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer."
There is a link between the old REAL "talcum powder" made from ground rocks and cervical cancer. The powders now are mainly cornstarch-based and won't hurt ya...unless, of course you're an ear of corn, LOL! (Check your ingredient labels.)
There's also a strong link between having an abortion and getting breast cancer later in your life...but of course the Dems will never tell you THAT.
You guys are a riot. I knew you'd have some fun with this one. ;)
"But take it from a father who stood over his expiring 12-year-old daughter in the ER when she suffered an allergic reaction to a substance in a nail polish she tried: Stuff's out there that can kill you. My daughter pulled through, but it was close."
Good point, John. We had a girl in town that had an allergic reaction to celery of all things. And it was the celery, not some chemical on the celery that she reacted to.
I like your bumper sticker idea. :)
I just saw a teaser that our local news (KDKA-Pittsburgh) is doing a report on this story tonight.
Isn't this why we used to test products on animals? Call PETA and complain!
I have a life-threatening allergy to latex, seriously. Being around latex gives me an asthma attack. Wearing a glove could put me in your daughter's position in the ER. With that, comes a host of other allergies to plants and foods similar to latex in some way: bananas, kiwis, avocados, etc. And, of all things, birthday party balloons. I blew one up once, and my tongue and whole face swelled, I ended up in the ER.
I don't see latex being banned.
Lysol spray and Windex give me migraines if I smell either for more than a few seconds. I'm not real big on perfumes of any sort. I don't see any of 'em being banned. Sometimes I wish perfume-wearers would consider others before dousing themselves, but I don't make a big deal about it.
"That never stopped these nannies in the past."
While that's often true, this one might have some merit. These ingrediants appear to be suspect enough that some companies such as Unilever have removed them from their product lines.
Further, small don't appear to be "harmful" these phthalates are oil soluable which means that repeated exposure causes them to accumulate in the body (not flushed out by the water in the body.) A search of Google indicates these compounds show up in other products, hence, further exposures and accumulations. So how much is enough?
(I've worked in the chemical industry for close to 30 years and people expose themselves to all kinds of hazards they're unaware of. Too, some chemicals receive a much harsher scrutiny than they deserve. Politics and health cause an extreme pain in the a$$) LOL
I wonder how much you would really have to eat for it to cause illness. </sarcasm>
When you go into a nail salon, you really do find that the fumes are awful. Just polishing your own nails is no biggie, though. If those cosmetic companies named can get rid of the offending ingredients, why can't the others? Just a question. Don't start flaming me.
Plus, I don't like animal testing. Don't flame me for that, either. Remember, my dog Harm kept me from being date raped.
I'm not saying it has no merit, I'm just getting a bit sick and tired of the fear mongering that many of these reports tend to generate.
Sorry, I'm all out of toxic nailpolish remover.
And if the fumes are so bad, why isn't OSHA involved? THat's a probelm that can be solved with proper ventilation.
One would think so. The salons I have been in have been family owned by Vietnamese people. I don't go there anymore. Those long fake nails are not safe for changing diapers. LOL! I have a new granddaughter.
I would never flame anyone for being opposed to testing on animals. I am 100% opposed to it, and I'll get flamed as well.
I am not easy to put in a box. Not all conservatives are the same in every way!
"I'm just getting a bit sick and tired of the fear mongering"
I'm with you. Feel like getting drunk, smoke a pack of cigs, eat a pound of ground round fried in bacon grease and call it a day. LOL
I think I'll join you !!!!! LOL
But it's the symbolism that's important. He's taking a stand against cancer, don't you see?
Skooz,..how many times do we have to tell you not to do your nails and drive at the same time,....it takes too long to coast to the stop lights and traffic is backing up behind you....
Hand me the sauce, here's a dry spot.
Actually, I'm also a (drum roll)... vegetarian!!!
NOT vegan, mrs lj and I do milk products. I don't tell everyone (peeks over shoulder...)
I also run a couple pinglists, so I'm not a flake - really.
I've been a vegetarian for many years and so has the mrs. We eat no meat or fish, but do eat/drink milk products. The "vegan" diet without any milk products is very dangerous, especially for children.
Tasty, and very easy to get enough protein, especially if more natural whole foods are eaten and little junk food.
We're happy with it, and we love animals. Especially when they're walking around!
Not necessarily anything wrong healthwise, although many fish do carry toxins due to the nature of food chain concentration.
It's avoiding anything which tries to avoid death and feels pain basically. You know, things with eyes and mothers.
Mrs LJ and I have been vegetarian (let's see, me for 35 yrs and she for about 20, raised a couple of kids vegetarian and they were big strapping and healthy kids. There are many benefits and it is not treasonous, and being vegetarian does NOT turn you into a liberal.
No one could accuse me of being a liberal.
Do DBP and DEHP have to be listed on labels of cosmetics?
Listed at your link were sites claiming those chemicals are in everything from Gouda cheese wrappers to baby teethers. How can anyone escape?
Do you eat eggs? I do have to worry about my protein level. I went on a diet a couple of years ago and lost 122 pounds. I ate lean cuisines, fresh fruit, oatmeal, lots of yogurt, and skim milk. However, after I lost the weight, my serum protein level was below normal and I had serum BUN levels showing signs of muscle wasting.
Funny, I cannot use Clinique as it caused the only skin rash I ever had. Or at least one of their eye shadows did. Apparently it had something to do with the dyes. I went to a dematologist, even called OSHA thinking it might be something in the office building, a new and shiny one with all kinds of chemicals in paints, carpets, etc. Another woman in my office had a similar problem. Turned out that we used the same eye shadow shade. Imagine that!