This is what a blogger had to say about this relatively new phenomenon:
“Companies across the globe are including fragrances in their heating and ventilation systems. It’s part of what emotional branding companies..call a multi-sensory experience. Retail stores may use scent in combination with audio and visual systems to enhance brand awareness. Smell associations say these tactical techniques are so strong that they can even increase worker productivity. Whatever the reason, these scent systems can make it difficult for employees working in the affected areas who have fragrance sensitivities.”
The purpose of emotional branding is to create a bond between the consumer and the product by provoking the consumer’s emotion. The eight needs they create are–
- Emotional security
- Reassurance of worth
- Creative outlets
- Love objects
- Sense of power
- Sense of roots
There is a ninth, really: Laziness. Maybe there is a tenth: Ignorance.
Take a look of such commercials….
So…., what is one to do to protect from these assaults on your personal right to breath fresh air? Sadly, stay away from the offending spaces, receive oxygen therapy, wear an appropriate mask/nasal filter.
Provided herein are some videos and links. Keep in mind that there are very few masks (aka respirators) that keep oil-based fumes from being breathed in. They dutifully note that they are non-oil based particles masks. They are not what you want or need.
- http://www.saveritemedical.com/product/p100-respirator-mask-three-m-8293-each.html RECOMMENDED FOR MCSers
- http://www.uline.com/BL_992/3M-6000-Reusable-Respirators?pricode=WO265&AdKeyword=3m%206200&AdMatchtype=e&gclid=CjwKEAiA_s2lBRCe1YPXxtSe-DcSJACCIh3LDhgrVRxv_x3PxOeZ381VYRIFtduNd2LFe2UsJgB8zxoCMXzw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds RECOMMENDED FOR MCSers
Here is an article on the health effects of oil-based paint….simply think oil-based anything (fragrances with such compounds)! http://www.livestrong.com/article/125804-health-effects-oil-based-paint/
OXYGEN THERAPY requires a prescription in the United States. Medicare only covers cost on certain illnesses, and “environmental illness due to chemicals” is not one of them. It also does not cover the cost of portable oxygen devices.
Check out what Medicare has to say: http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/oxygen-therapy.html