Nev. legislation raises stink over air fresheners

AP News
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 11:52 PM
Nev. legislation raises stink over air fresheners

Critics say a Nevada bill banning air fresheners and candles in public places would lead to stinky rooms and prohibit priests from using candles in Mass.

Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Paul Aizley on Monday presented the proposed legislation, which would set restrictions on pesticides, fragrances and candles to accommodate people with chemical sensitivities.

Proponents said air fresheners give them migraines or asthma attacks and prevent them from going to the movies or to restaurants. A cocktail waitress at a casino said inhaling the fragrances piped through the ventilation system felt like a concrete slab on her chest.

Critics counter the bill would affect everything from candlelit restaurants and weddings _ not to mention unmasked odors in public bathrooms that would drive away tourists.