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Lawmaker: Remove Toxic Nailpolish now!
NY Post ^ | May 15, 2005 | Paul Tharp

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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Animal studies have shown the substances could cause reproductive problems, and some doctors recommend pregnant women avoid using nail polish or getting salon manicures due to the heavy fumes. Consumer groups say the two chemicals have been linked to male infertility, birth defects in the male reproductive system and premature female breast development. The cosmetics industry says it has scientific proof that the chemicals are in such small amounts that they are not harmful, and that in some instances plain water can contain ingredients that could be harmful at high levels.

Hmmm...Assemblyman/Lawyer going after deep pocketed defendent, or does he really care about our health? *Scratches Head*

1 posted on 05/16/2005 6:19:34 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Please, Mr. Democrat, save us from ourselves!


2 posted on 05/16/2005 6:21:57 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The dems are real good at making cosmetic changes.


3 posted on 05/16/2005 6:27:48 AM PDT by CPOSharky (You are born cold, wet, and hungry. Things get worse, then you die.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

They can have my make-up when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!


4 posted on 05/16/2005 6:32:12 AM PDT by tiamat (Why choose the Lesser Evil? Darth Vader in 2008!)
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To: CPOSharky

Can they tell me how many cancer deaths we have had from nailpolish?


5 posted on 05/16/2005 6:35:11 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau

From the application, or from the kissing of fingers and toes?


6 posted on 05/16/2005 6:36:56 AM PDT by Skooz (Property Taxes are Immoral)
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To: tiamat
They can have my make-up when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!

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.)

7 posted on 05/16/2005 6:37:43 AM PDT by myprecious
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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).


8 posted on 05/16/2005 6:39:22 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: myprecious

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!


9 posted on 05/16/2005 6:39:43 AM PDT by tiamat (Why choose the Lesser Evil? Darth Vader in 2008!)
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To: Skooz
Maybe Laura Bush had a double dose of that nail polish.


10 posted on 05/16/2005 6:41:18 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Relying on government for your retirement is like playing Russian roulette with an semi auto pistol.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I am conservative on all issues, but I believe that nail polish should be heavily subsidized and hefty tax breaks should be given to those women who buy it, even at the drastically-reduced subsidized rate.


11 posted on 05/16/2005 6:41:40 AM PDT by Skooz (Property Taxes are Immoral)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
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."

That never stopped these nannies in the past.

12 posted on 05/16/2005 6:41:56 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Can they tell me how many cancer deaths we have had from nailpolish?

They probably can't. If they don't quote numbers, there aren't any to quote.

My guess is there are next to none.

13 posted on 05/16/2005 6:42:04 AM PDT by CPOSharky (You are born cold, wet, and hungry. Things get worse, then you die.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

A new "sin-tax" in the making?


14 posted on 05/16/2005 6:44:37 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
The chemicals — known as DBP and DEHP — are widely used here in nail polish, lipstick, shampoo, deodorant and other grooming products.. Since when do democrats worry about grooming products?????
15 posted on 05/16/2005 6:48:41 AM PDT by Millee (So you're a feminist......isn't that cute??)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.


16 posted on 05/16/2005 6:57:28 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I'd heard that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer.


17 posted on 05/16/2005 7:01:23 AM PDT by Jaded (Hell sometimes has flourescent lighting and a trumpet.)
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To: little jeremiah

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.


18 posted on 05/16/2005 7:09:08 AM PDT by John Robertson
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To: Jaded

"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. ;)


19 posted on 05/16/2005 7:14:10 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: John Robertson

"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. :)


20 posted on 05/16/2005 7:16:35 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thank you.


21 posted on 05/16/2005 7:29:21 AM PDT by John Robertson
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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!


22 posted on 05/16/2005 7:35:10 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: John Robertson

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.


23 posted on 05/16/2005 7:43:39 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
How many billions do women spend on makeup?..or on magazines about using makeup?
bwahahahaha rots of ruck on this venture...it ain't going to be so easy being green on this one...
24 posted on 05/16/2005 8:07:10 AM PDT by joesnuffy (The generation that survived the depression and won WW2 proved poverty does not cause crime)
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To: Judith Anne

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.


25 posted on 05/16/2005 8:23:29 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Gabz

"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?
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=DBP+and+DEHP&btnG=Google+Search

(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


26 posted on 05/16/2005 8:24:14 AM PDT by Smartaleck
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I wonder how much you would really have to eat for it to cause illness. </sarcasm>


27 posted on 05/16/2005 8:27:25 AM PDT by SolidRedState (E Pluribus Funk --- (Latin taglines are sooooo cool! Don't ya think?))
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To: little jeremiah

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.


28 posted on 05/16/2005 8:30:15 AM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Smartaleck
While that's often true, this one might have some merit.

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.

29 posted on 05/16/2005 8:32:28 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: doc30
I hate it when people sue over stuff like that. I throw all that junk in the trash. Every time I get those class action lawsuit things from lawyers. How do they get my name anyway? There ought to be a law against them hunting down clients like that. How do they get my pharmaceutical records??? How do they find out what insurance I have?
30 posted on 05/16/2005 8:34:05 AM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Remove Toxic Nailpolish now!

Sorry, I'm all out of toxic nailpolish remover.

31 posted on 05/16/2005 8:34:08 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: joesnuffy
Hey! Like everything else, we read the labels. If we are allergic to something, then we don't use it. I am very allergic to fragrances in skin care products. I have to use Clinique products, their formulations for the most sensitive type skin. It is not real expensive, as department store skin care products goes. It keeps me out of the dermatologist's office. :) And don't make us out to be so vain. You guys would not look at us if we did not take care of ourselves.
32 posted on 05/16/2005 8:41:00 AM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

And if the fumes are so bad, why isn't OSHA involved? THat's a probelm that can be solved with proper ventilation.


33 posted on 05/16/2005 8:54:04 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: doc30

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.


34 posted on 05/16/2005 9:06:44 AM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

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!


35 posted on 05/16/2005 11:23:52 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: Gabz

"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


36 posted on 05/16/2005 12:03:38 PM PDT by Smartaleck
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To: Smartaleck

I think I'll join you !!!!! LOL


37 posted on 05/16/2005 12:05:11 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Can they tell me how many cancer deaths we have had from nailpolish?

None.

But it's the symbolism that's important. He's taking a stand against cancer, don't you see?

38 posted on 05/16/2005 12:06:47 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: Skooz

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....


39 posted on 05/16/2005 12:09:43 PM PDT by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: little jeremiah
Thank you. We can stand together and get barbecued together then. :)
40 posted on 05/16/2005 5:39:24 PM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

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.


41 posted on 05/16/2005 6:32:40 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: little jeremiah
I have thought of becoming a vegetarian. Does that mean that you don't eat fish or seafood? Now that my son-in-law has gotten chickens that he raised from baby chicks, I kind of find it hard to think of eating chicken. They are so cute and they let us hold them even though they are half grown. He says he is just going to use them for eggs. If he were to kill one of them, his two little children and I would never speak to him again.
42 posted on 05/16/2005 7:29:06 PM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

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!


43 posted on 05/17/2005 4:46:10 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: little jeremiah
Yes, I love animals, too. What is wrong with eating fish and seafood? Salmon and fish with the Omega-3 fatty acids are supposed to be very good for us.
44 posted on 05/17/2005 5:07:07 PM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

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.

:-)


45 posted on 05/17/2005 8:00:38 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: little jeremiah
Yeah, I see what you mean. I won't eat lobsters in those restaurants where they have you pick them out for yourselves. Actually, I don't eat them at all. And the thought of crabs being put into pots of boiling water while they are alive just makes me sick. I have never eaten veal because I hate what they do to baby calves.

Hmm, I must give this some thought.
46 posted on 05/17/2005 11:55:12 PM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

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.


47 posted on 05/18/2005 12:11:11 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: Smartaleck

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?


48 posted on 05/18/2005 12:19:38 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions Freely Dispensed as Advice)
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To: little jeremiah

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.


49 posted on 05/18/2005 12:20:55 AM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

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!


50 posted on 05/18/2005 12:25:34 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions Freely Dispensed as Advice)
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