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Measures to put in place a fragrance or perfume-free policy in all health-care facilities in Québec

Petition text

WHEREAS fragrances, scents, perfumes, scented products, are mixtures of chemicals intended to produce a particular smell;

WHEREAS a single perfume can contain up to 500 ingredients, 95% of which are petroleum-based volatile organic compounds;

WHEREAS approximately one-third of the population experience symptoms when exposed to scents;

WHEREAS a wide range of symptoms are caused by exposure to scented products;

WHEREAS infants can experience severe symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, earache, cough, fever, wheezing, breathlessness, and rashes;

WHEREAS adults can experience headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose and sinusitis, wheezing and shortness of breath, or rashes;

WHEREAS people suffering from asthma, respiratory diseases, autism, multiple chemical sensitivity, migraines, headaches, dermatitis may have their conditions worsened by fragrance exposures;

WHEREAS health-care facilities are places of healing and should not cause harm from such exposures;

WHEREAS health-care facilities around the world and in Canada are becoming fragrance-free where visitors, patients, health-care professionals and other staff members are required to refrain from using any scented products;

WHEREAS it is necessary to have an education and awareness program on fragrance-free health care;

We, the undersigned, request the Government of Québec to take all the necessary measures to put in place a fragrance, scent, perfume-free policy and the use of least-toxic products in all health-care facilities in Québec.

The signing period for this petition is over.

Signing deadline : May 11, 2020

Number of signatures : 1309

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