So a few days ago I open my student email to find an interesting email:
“The University is holding a campus-wide discussion on the question of whether FSU should become a fragrance, chemical and tobacco free campus. As we all know, exposure to second hand smoke presents health risks; likewise, the health of individuals with sensitivities to chemicals in fragrances, cleaners, and disinfectants can also be adversely affected. Conversely, would banning fragrances, chemicals and tobacco be an undue infringement on an individual’s ability to exist happily on this campus? From a practical point of view, is it realistic that individuals would honor these bans, if implemented?”
After reading this email my mind is racing with a thousand and one questions. First and foremost, who actually thought banning fragrances was a good/essential idea? I do understand that many people suffer from allergies and strong fragrances can be an issue but throughout a campus? Our classes hold no more than 40 students (and thats a large class for our school) and I wouldnt say we are ever in extreme close quarters. Should I be fearing a more extreme change that is insinuated here? Could our campus be toying with the idea of moving class sessions to elevator shafts? Maybe the idea of classes in bathroom stalls has become a topic of interest. If these scenarios are on the possibility map then I can see the concern.
My next question would be, how would fragrance be separated from super awesome smelling deodorants and super long lasting shampoo? Should we all band together and buy the plainest deodorant we can find (bye bye cucumber melon) and tell our boyfriends to save the after shave for a night on the town?
Finally, how exactly would this be implemented? Will each entrance campus buildings be monitored by a member of the sniff personnel? Clearly it wouldnt be an invasion of privacy to have someone sniff me up and down to be sure I am not wearing a banned substance on campus!
I dont know about you but my Sweet Honesty isn’t going anywhere- banned or not- and thats my final answer!
What would you do if you campus/place of employment toyed with the idea of banning fragrances?