[LETTERS]Why only pick on smoking in public?

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[LETTERS]Why only pick on smoking in public?

In response to the letter complaining about the effects of secondhand smoke in public places, I want to expand the offensive fume debate. The government should crack down on those people who wear deodorant, hairspray, body oils and perfume in public.

Have you ever entered into an elevator where a young woman reeks of Chanel or some other perfume? The smell sticks to the back of your throat. The smell of cologne clings to your skin. Chemicals used in fragrances can cause health problems such as shortness of breath, headaches and migraines, nausea, muscle pain and cold-like symptoms. Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and allergies can all be adversely affected by the chemicals found in scented products.

According to the American Lung Association, one study found that 72 percent of people with asthma had adverse reactions to perfumes. When people stop wearing perfumes and other “body enhancing smells” in public, so shall I quit smoking in public.

David Woelke, Busan

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