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Doctors in Canada have called for a [ban / banned] on the use of perfumes and aftershaves in hospitals and clinics. They say the chemicals in the [sense / scents] can trigger asthma and allergies. Research shows that [more / over] half of asthma attacks are caused by [irritable / irritants] such as powerful smells. Besides perfumes and aftershaves, these can [include / inclusive] cigarette smoke, cleaning fluids and other strong [fragrant / fragrances] and odours. Dr Ken Flegel and Dr James Martin of McGill University in Canada wrote about the dangers of [smells / smelling] in hospitals in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. They said: "Hospital environments [free / freely] from artificial scents should become a [uniform / uniformity] policy, promoting the safety of patients, staff and visitors [like / alike] ."

Strong smells [effect / affect] many of us in one way or another. Around a [third / thirdly] of people say they are physically affected [as / by] artificial scents worn by others. The doctors [noting / noted] that this should be a serious concern in [all / every] hospitals. They wrote: "While artificial scents are designed to make us more [attractive / attraction] , they may result [on / in] unintended harm to those who are [vulnerability / vulnerable] . There is emerging evidence that asthma, in some cases, is primarily aggravated by artificial scents." They added that: "This is [peculiar / particularly] concerning in hospitals, where vulnerable patients with asthma or other upper airway or skin sensitivities are [concentrated / concentration] ." They warn that scents in hospitals can make these patients' condition worse.


 
 

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