Portland Considers Perfume Ban at City Hall
The city council in Portland, Oregon is considering a ban on wearing perfumes and colognes inside city hall. The ban would apply only to city employees.
Proponents say such a move would benefit people who suffer from allergies and respiratory ailments like asthma. Strong scents like perfumes and colognes can trigger asthma attacks, and “asthma attacks can be deadly,” says Mike Tringale, vice president of the Asthma and Allergy foundation of America. Tringale told myNorthwest.com that “There are a lot of laws now that prohibit people from smoking in outdoor spaces, because of second hand smoke. This (perfume) would be considered a second hand allergen or irritant exposure as well.”
Opponents say the proposed ban is “scents-less,” symptomatic of political correctness run amok. They also worry about how the rule will be enforced and where that enforcement will end. “Will it be all fragrances? Could it be someone’s fish they warmed up in the microwave for lunch?” asked KXL Portland reporter Doug Carter.
The city council will take up the matter tomorrow.
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