Do you ever wonder if you put too much perfume on in the morning? Well, you might have, especially if you’re visiting Tuttle, Oklahoma. According to USA Today, the city warns visitors of City Hall to stay at the front of the building if they are wearing perfume, stressing the importance of fragrance-free air for those suffering from allergies. In the article, allergist Clark Kaufman talks about how certain fragrances can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms (which can lead to respiratory infections) to those who are sensitive to certain aromas, “I equate it with cigarette smoke.”
Although the incentive to help those with allergies is acknowledged, not everyone believes in the banning of wearing fragrances in public areas. Elena Solovyov of the International Fragrance Association believes that the use of fragrance “should be guided by personal courtesy and common sense, not by policies or procedures.”
Tuttle, Oklahoma isn’t the first place to experience anti-fragrance laws. Portland, Oregon banned their city workers from wearing any type of fragrance; Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington asked visitors and employees to bring in “less fragrant” flowers; Bill Lockwood, parks director in Jefferson City, Montana, asked those who attend meetings to “remain as fragrance-free as possible”; and Windom Area Hospital in Windom, Minnesota has been fragrance-free since 1999!
So, ladies, tell us… Have you ever experienced someone commenting on your fragrant perfume? Or has a fragrance in a public place ever bothered you before? If so, let us know and comment below!
– Theresa Romano
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