Skip to comments.MN: Lawmaker Wants Scent-Free Schools
Posted on 03/10/2008 2:53:28 PM PDT by kiriath_jearim
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Those all-over body sprays that promise to turn teenage boys into babe magnets? Instead of attracting girls, they could be making them sick.
A Minnesota lawmaker proposed a bill Monday urging a fragrance-free educational campaign to discourage students from dousing themselves in scents that aggravate classmates with asthma and other health problems.
Odors that fill hallways come mostly from boys who douse themselves in body sprays like Axe, said Mikolai Altenberg, a senior at Minneapolis South High School. He said the smell is "indescribable" and unavoidable.
"You can smell it from 10 feet away," Altenberg said. "Mostly it's just guys who just think that putting Axe all over them is a substitute for showering."
Rep. Karen Clark, a Democrat, first proposed banning fragrances in Minneapolis schools, one of the state's largest school districts. The bill she introduced Monday scales that back to an awareness campaign in Minneapolis and in other districts that volunteer. The campaign could include letters to parents, fact sheets, signs in schools, e- mail and Web sites.
One in eight Minneapolis students has asthma, and school nurses have treated students for wheezing and headaches brought on by the fragrances wafting from classmates, said Mary Heiman, a nursing service manager who runs the district's asthma program.
An awareness campaign would mirror the approach of policies at the University of Minnesota's Disability Services office and in a recent version of the Minneapolis teachers contract.
If the awareness campaign works, it could be expanded, Clark said.
A trade group for toiletry makers, the Personal Care Products Council in Washington, said it doesn't oppose fragrance policies as long as they're voluntary.
"We really don't think it's a good idea to legislate personal hygiene," said John Hurson, the group's head of government affairs.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts are the only other states where lawmakers have proposed fragrance-free bills in the past two years, Hurson said.
I think the word he's looking for is "gasoline."
A few years ago, very heavy women's fragrances were in style, and I had more than a few dinners ruined by someone with heavy perfume sitting near me. It's easy to lose track of how strong a scent is when you wear it regularly.
Indeed. Although not the Brooks Brothers brand, Royall Muske, which is typically stocked at Brooks Brothers, is pure gold.
I have to admit that this is getting out of hand. It used to be that I would only have to worry about an allergic reaction at the perfume isle at the drug or department store.
Now I have to be careful in the malls when the mall rats walk by.
My 12 year old son asked to purchase some Axe. Mmy husband and I refused him. These fast little 12 year old girls (who are taller than him and have breasts) are already chasing him. That’s all we need is to have twice as many chasing him. I told him he is saving himself for marriage.
I love a nice light cologne on a man, it is very alluring. But for goodness sake, don’t bathe in it.
I wish this would catch on everywhere... Especially folks that put their perfume on with a garden hose. I swear, sometimes the scent is so strong it makes my nose bleed.
Perfumes and colognes are supposed to be a hint of a scent, a mere whiff. It isn’t supposed to be put on so heavy that folks can smell it 1/2 mile away, down wind.
I’ll probably watch more when I’m done with a song.
smelly cheese eating surrender monkeys
Hey, at least he has girls chasing him.
I couldn’t get girls to chase me away to stop bothering them.
We need a bill banning stupid politicians from wasting time and tax money on this.
That sounds way too high. And notice how this bill is premised on the behaviour of BOYS and accepts the presumption that one student and one nurse make.
I remember just a few years ago colognes and perfumes were becoming passe because folks got tired of all the competing odors.
As an occasional cologne wearer I utilize Kouros by Saint Laurent. It too is somewhat difficult to find and a bit pricey. It’s my special occasion cologne.
I wonder if that means guys can’t wear their dad’s Hai-Karate aftershave to school...
LOL Those were all great.
But I do have to say, Brooklyn > Jersey.
Some of them got the scent thing right though. A few years ago National Geographic reproduced the scent Napoleon favored. It smelled pretty good and was barely there. Citrus-lemon with some other more exotic stuff.
These kids will find something to pleeze da layyyydeeeezzzz! and i'm betting on breath mints.