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24 June 2008

Would You Like Some Hormones With Your Perfumed Air?

Three environmental and health groups are suing the federal government in an attempt to put labels onto air fresheners that use a potentially harmful substance.

Phthalates can damage the reproductive system and interrupt normal development by mimicking your body's hormones, but they were found in more than a dozen common household air fresheners tested by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Phthalates were only one of the potentially harmful chemicals identified in the air fresheners; others have been linked to cancer and asthma.

About three out of four households use air fresheners. It is a $1.72 billion industry which has grown 50 percent since 2003.


* The Daily Green June 17, 2008

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