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If you decide to use an air freshener, however,
careful selection may reduce phthalate exposures
to you and your family. The table shows which
brands we tested contained phthalates.
Stronger Regulations Are Needed
to Protect Consumers
There is a clear need for closer monitoring of the
types of chemicals manufacturers are allowed to
put into air fresheners—and for consumers to
be provided with better information about what
is in the products they do purchase. NRDC
recommends the following immediate steps:
n Consumers should avoid using air fresheners,
but when necessary should use products with the
lowest levels of phthalates to limit exposures to
these potentially dangerous chemicals.
n The Environmental Protection Agency should
require manufacturers to test and submit data on
phthalates found in air fresheners, the extent of
human exposure to phthalates in air fresheners,
the health effects of the exposure, and the toxicity,
persistence, sensitization, and other health effects
of inhaling chemicals in air fresheners.
n The Consumer Product Safety Commission
should ban phthalates in consumer products
and should require that manufacturers provide
ingredient information on the label.
According to studies done by the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control, the majority of the
U.S. population is routinely exposed to at least
five different phthalates. Although the measured
levels in the human blood stream are small, they
are significant because a mixture of phthalates at
low doses can act in an additive manner to cause
the same health hazards as just one phthalate at
a higher dose. The difficulty of avoiding general
exposure is all the more reason to eliminate
further exposure in an environment over which
you have much more control—your home.
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