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Kris Jackson: Public spaces should be free of ‘toxic’ fresheners

  • The ubiquitous tree-shaped car air freshener comes in a variety of aromas.  CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MCT/Bill Hogan


Friday, April 12, 2019

What’s up, Amherst, with the proliferation of offices, stores and even apartment buildings using commercial size (or not) synthetic air fresheners. These are often placed high on the wall near the ceiling, if not in an electrical outlet.

Even if one is not sensitive to these air freshener chemicals, it is indeed poison and toxic. I thought Amherst was a more intelligent population and I am surprised to see such widespread use of this noxious odor called “freshener.”

Fresh used to mean no odor, whether a room or clothes, but now it means a sickly smell of toxic perfume. This trend has been growing steadily. It is insulting both physically and mentally in that it’s insulting to be assaulted by a poison because others are clueless.

I am tired of being poisoned by ignorance of others, or by those who don’t care. Again, it’s poison to both people who do not mind this or actually like the odor, as well as those who cannot tolerate it. There are natural essential oils and diffusers for those who insist on covering a bad smell or who just like perfumed spaces.

No smoking is accepted, however these scented spaces are very toxic and thrust upon the populace. I think a no-plug-ins scent should be a law.

Get smart, Amherst. Perhaps make Amherst an air sanctuary — a synthetic scent free zone. Public access spaces should be scent free.

Kris Jackson

Amherst