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Doctors in Canada have called for a on the use of perfumes and in hospitals and . They say the chemicals in the scents can trigger asthma and . Research shows that over half of asthma are caused by irritants such as smells. Besides perfumes and aftershaves, these can include cigarette , cleaning fluids and other strong fragrances and odours. Dr Ken Flegel and Dr James Martin of McGill University in Canada wrote about the of smells in hospitals in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. They said: "Hospital free from artificial scents should become a policy, promoting the safety of patients, staff and visitors alike."

Strong smells affect of us in one way or another. Around a third of people say they are affected by artificial scents worn by . The doctors noted that this should be a serious in all hospitals. They wrote: "While artificial scents are designed to make us more , they may result in unintended harm to those who are . There is emerging evidence that asthma, in some cases, is aggravated by artificial scents." They added that: "This is concerning in hospitals, where vulnerable patients with asthma or other airway or skin sensitivities are concentrated." They warn that scents in hospitals can make these patients' worse.

 
 

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