Lawmaker Wants to Ban Axe Body Spray in Schools

And other fragrances, too, if there's an allergy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2013 12:35 PM CST
Lawmaker Wants to Ban Axe Body Spray in Schools

Teenagers in certain Pennsylvania schools may have to find a way to survive without dousing themselves in Axe Body Spray or other scented products. State Rep. Marcia Hahn plans to introduce legislation that would ban perfume, cologne, body spray, and the like in any school where students suffer from fragrance allergies, PA Independent reports. The proposal comes after a student had a severe allergic reaction to a classmate's Axe and had to be taken to the hospital; he ended up switching to cyber classes after trying to return to school, only to have it happen again.

However, Hahn knows such a law may not be "enforceable," considering how much students love fragrances, so she hopes her proposal will at least serve as a jumping-off point so that "we can come up with a solution that works for everyone," she says. The principal of the high school where the incident occurred has his own doubts, noting that some of the school's 2,000 students don't shower after gym class and "don’t want to walk around all day with body odor, so some of them will put cologne on or whatever." (Eight kids in Brooklyn were also recently hospitalized after Axe was sprayed in a classroom.)

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