Support the Campaign for a Healthy Rhode Island

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Our campaign is committed to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in air fresheners and fragrance products in schools, public places, and homes especially for children, pregnant women, and people with chemical sensitivities.

Chemicals in air freshener products are linked to female and male reproductive abnormalities, increased risk of breast cancer, hormone disruptions, asthma and allergic reactions, and more. Chemicals such as phthalates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene, formaldehyde, and others have been detected in these products and have been linked to harmful respiratory effects, immune system impacts, neurotoxic effects and cancer. 

The safety of fragrance chemicals is not determined/monitored by any governmental agency in a comprehensive fashion. Instead, the fragrance industry has been trusted to establish its own safety guidelines. As a result, there are no standards to restrict or ban the most controversial fragrance ingredients of concern such as known cancer causing chemicals (e.g. STYRENE, PYRIDINE,
or BENZOPHENONE), phthalates, or synthetic musks like Galaxolide Tonalide.

We are asking for statewide legislative action to comprehensively address this problem in our state while we are also reaching out to high priority places like our schools to ask for immediate help and support. 

Ask your state legislator to support state legislation:

·      To ban air fresheners in our schools and public places and require that safe cleaning products are used in those places, similar to Vermont’s S.92 (Act 68).

·      To inform and protect our families from exposure to harmful chemicals similar to California’s Proposition 65 (which requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm and the list must be updated at least once a year).

·      To require disclosure of fragrance ingredients on products.

Any individual, school, organization, or business can sign our pledge to support statewide legislative improvements and to begin a plan to phase out the use of air fresheners in their home or workplace.


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