GEORGE TOWN, Jan 17 – The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) today calls on the authorities to promulgate laws to ban the use of fragrances in public places as it is hazardous to health. The ban should include the use of air freshener and perfume.
Its president, S. M. Mohamed Idris, said there were concerns that such products were likely to increase air pollution and that excessive exposure could also pose health risks.
“According to the study carried out by the American Academy of Sciences, 95% of the chemicals used in air freshener products are synthetic compounds from petroleum that include toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive problems,” he told a news conference here today.
He also claimed that air fresheners, even the ones said to be organic and eco-friendly, could emit potentially harmful air pollutants as most of the ingredients were unknown or unspecified following copyright protection that allows companies to hide the formula they produced.