Legislature moves to ban air fresheners from schools

By Angela Chagnon

As the end of the legislative session nears, legislators are frantically attempting to get the most important, crucial and critical legislation through before it’s too late.

Enter S.92 – An act relating to the protection of students’ health by requiring the use of safe cleaning products in schools. As you may have already concluded, this legislation’s noble goal is to protect children from poisonous cleaning products.

But what most people may not know is that the most dangerous product of all may be lurking beneath their bathroom or kitchen counter. And we desperately need legislation to protect us from this terrible substance.

And just what is this noxious element that requires such drastic action from the legislature? It’s none other than…your air freshener! (Cue theme from “Jaws”)

During discussion of S.92 on the House floor Monday, Rep. Sarah Buxton (D-Royalton) offered a gravely essential amendment to this bill that would ban the sale of air fresheners to schools.

Yes, that’s right–it would ban air fresheners from school buildings. The amendment reads in part:

“Section 1783. Air Fresheners

A distributor or manufacturer shall not sell, offer for sale, or distribute air fresheners to a school, school district, supervisory union, or procurement consortium.”

The original language as passed by the Senate read: “A school district shall not purchase or allow the use of air fresheners in a school.”

This is a blow to every child that uses school locker rooms and bathrooms, akin to child abuse. It seems that with so many pieces of major legislation being rushed through this session without much thought or consideration, some legislators just end up having too much stinkin’ time on their hands.


4 thoughts on “Legislature moves to ban air fresheners from schools

  1. I agree with banning the sale of chemically based air fresheners. If the locker room needs cleaned perhaps showering, laundering of clothes, an air purifier with a dehumidifier and simple natural oils such as peppermint. Brew a pot of coffee. The chemicals used in some air fresheners and aerosols block nerves for smelling anything. Yes people have 2 legs for walking out. But when I go into a home where someone is being treated for lung and heart conditions,cancers etc. And I see or smell the noxious polluters in combinations and numerous locations I’m appalled that they are receiving the wrong advice about helping themselves. I feel trapped when I go into these homes. These chemicals burn my skin and lungs irritate my eyes and throat and give me headaches. Some make my arms and legs.go numb. Sound the alarm.

  2. Chemical air fresheners can cause asthma attacks severe enough to require a trip to the doctor or the ER, and can also cause migraines in chemically sensitive persons. I now own a home nebulizer for breathing treatments, thanks to being overexposed to chemical air fresheners in my part-time job: substitute teaching in a public school. Smoking is no longer allowed in public areas. Why are chemical air fresheners still allowed? The air fresheners don’t take away the bad odors, they just mask them – they are still there when you take away the air freshener. Why not replace the air “fresheners” with air filter/purifiers? They clean and filter the air while circulating it. And have the smelly rooms cleaned: find the source of the objectionable smell and make sure it’s cleaned up completely. As for gyms and shower rooms: a dehumidifier can work wonders.

  3. Laboratory analysis of these products reveals dangerous ingredients. To expose the public, without notice or consent, is a moral issue. It should be a legal one as well, but won’t be until the public is better informed. Presently, the fragrance industry holds all the cards. By law they need not reveal what they’re products are made of, benign or toxic.

  4. So called air fresheners actually disperse dangerous air. The issue is far deeper than odor. While a smaller percentage become physically ill, others may not consciously feel the effects of the chemical from the dispersion of the fragrance but they are very dangerous to all of us. Many of the fragrance machines are using either Acetone or Difluoroethane. Either one is very dangerous to health. They can cause Death, people to faint while driving and Du Pont’s says it causes lung cancer in rats. Just go to Du Pont’s website and read the warning about Difluoroethane


    This section says:
    Emergency Overview
    Rapid evaporation of the liquid may cause frostbite. Inhalation of high concentration may cause central nervous system depression resulting in dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache and possibly unconsciousness.
    Inhalation may cause central nervous system effects. Inhalation of high concentrations of vapor is harmful and may cause heart irregularities, unconsciousness, or death. Intentional misuse or deliberate inhalation may cause death without warning. Vapor reduces oxygen available for breathing and is heavier than air.
    Increased susceptibility to the effects of this material may be observed in persons with pre-existing disease of the central nervous system or cardiovascular system.

    I used to love fragrances until they started messing with my health. It suck! However if you go back 40 years ago you could tell if an establishment was clean just by smelling it.

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