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How to Create a Fragrance Free Environment in Your Synagogue

How to Create a Fragrance Free Environment in Your Synagogue

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Adapted from Creating a Fragrance Free Zone: A Friendlier Atmosphere for People Living with Environmental Illness:

Did you know there is a growing number of people who can become ill by being exposed to fragrances worn by others?

An estimated 45 million Americans are affected by chemical sensitivity. Fragrance-free policies are becoming more common. These policies discourage people from wearing scented products such as colognes, perfumes, aftershave, scented hair products and body and hand lotions. People also can be affected by scents that remain on clothing from scented laundry detergent and fabric softeners. Environmental cleaners and scented candles can also cause reactions.

People react to fragrances in many different ways. Common symptoms can include difficulty breathing, sleeping and/or concentrating, memory loss, migraines, sinus infections, congestion, nausea, abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, aching joints and muscles, and irritated eyes, nose, ears, throat and/or skin.

People who live with asthma experience symptoms that can constrict and cause swelling of the airways. The Institute of Medicine placed fragrance in the same category as second hand smoke in triggering asthma in adults and school age children.

Make services, meetings and events fragrance-free for all to enjoy. This can be done simply by posting this information along with the notices for the event in bulletins, emails, websites and flyers.

Adapted from the American Lung Association:

A fragrance-free environment helps create a safe and healthy community. Please refrain from wearing any of the following: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and/or similar products.

Use a fragrance free symbol on your website and emails.

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