Doctors want to ban perfumes and aftershaves in hospitals and clinics. They say these contain chemicals that cause asthma and allergies. Over half of asthma attacks are caused by strong smells, such as perfumes and aftershaves. Two doctors from McGill University wrote about the dangers of smells in hospitals. They said all hospitals should be free from artificial scents, to promote "the safety of patients, staff and visitors alike".
About one third of people say they are physically affected by smells. The doctors said this is a worry in hospitals. They said although perfumes make us smell nicer, they may harm weaker people. There is more and more proof that perfume makes asthma worse. Doctors say this is worrying in hospitals where there are many patients with asthma. They warn that perfumes and aftershaves can make patients sicker.