Journal article

International prevalence of fragrance sensitivity

Anne Steinemann

Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health | Springer (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2019


Emissions and exposures from fragranced consumer products, such as air fresheners and cleaning supplies, have been associated with health problems and societal impacts. This study investigates effects of fragranced consumer products on the general population in four countries: United States, Australia, United Kingdom, and Sweden. Nationally representative population surveys (n = 1137; 1098; 1100; 1100) found that, across the four countries, 32.2% of adults (34.7%, 33.0%, 27.8%, 33.1% respectively) report fragrance sensitivity; that is, adverse health effects from fragranced consumer products. For instance, 17.4% report health problems from air fresheners or deodorizers, and 15.7% from being ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research received support in part for the Australian survey from the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub.