Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants To Ban Axe Body Spray From Ever Wafting Through Schools Again

After a Pennsylvania high school student suffered such a severe reaction to the smell of Axe Body Spray — that teen cologne that we imagine smells like a cross between Justin Bieber’s morning breath and that time a raccoon got caught in the copier — he was hospitalized, a state lawmaker is trying to ban the stuff from tickling the nostrils of students who are allergic.

State Rep. Marcia Hahn wants to introduce legislation that would ban the use of scented products like perfume, cologne or other body sprays in schools where students have fragrance allergies.

The boy who was hospitalized after a run-in (a nose-in?) with Axe now has to take cyber classes, which Hahn doesn’t think is fair to him. But it’s also not the easiest thing to regulate the particular scents kids want to drench themselves in. At least her proposal will get people talking, she says.

“If you have a piece of legislation and it’s not enforceable, it doesn’t really help,” she tells the Pennsylvania Independent. “So I’m hoping that we can come up with a solution that works for everyone.”

The principal of the boy’s high school isn’t so sure banning smelly self-grooming products is the way to go, although the school tried asking students to lay off and it didn’t work so well. He had another allergic reaction when he tried to go back earlier this year.

“Kids that don’t take showers don’t want to walk around all day with body odor, so some of them will put cologne on or whatever,” he explained.

Should the Fragrance Free Schools Act get signed into law, districts or joint school boards would have to work up a written policy banning the use of scented products — if a student notifies the school that he or she has one of those kinds of allergy.

Schools would then post the policy within the halls and in the student code of conduct, but without identifying which student it is with an allergy. Because can you imagine what the other kids would say? Something awful probably because teenagers are scary.

What smells? PA lawmaker wants to ‘Axe’ fragrance in certain schools [Pennsylvania Independent]

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  1. MarthaGaill says:

    That’s ridiculous. If he’s that allergic, he’s going to be in for a tough time for the rest of his life. Might as well learn to make preparations now. I’m allergic to a lot of perfumes (albeit not deadly allergic) and I deal with it. If it’s someone I work in close contact with, I speak with them about it. I would never try to enact a ban on the entire office from wearing cologne.

    For the record, I’m also against peanut bans as well. Yeah, the school should make sure they have safe, non-peanut touching food options for those with allergies, but if Timmy wants a PBJ for lunch, why should he be banned from it?

    • CzarChasm says:

      Totally agree. While I fell for kids who are not going to be able to participate in regular schooling because of medical issues, I find this new trend of making the many pay for the failures of the few to be a dangerous trend.

    • C0Y0TY says:

      Research has found that children with allergies to peanut butter and other substances are better able to tolerate them with moderate exposure. The more you isolate a child, the more vulnerable s/he is later in life.

  2. PhillyDom says:

    If she can’t think of a better way to get people talking than introducing a bill, then she’s not too bright. But that describes the vast majority of the General Assembly.

    • SuperSpeedBump says:

      I wouldn’t say that she’s unintelligent. Often people have to take things to the extreme to get other people to actually pay attention to it. Look at YouTube or Cable News… it’s all about excitement, controversy, action, etc. If your message lacks those things, most people will ignore you.

  3. smirkette says:

    As a former high school teacher who started each year having to drown in its reek until the young gents learned better, I whole heartedly support this. I would also like all schools to get a functioning shower, washer, and dryer to help students in bad situations maintain proper hygiene. I’m serious: it’s a very real problem for kids in poverty or neglectful homes and they’re much better able to function socially and academically when they’re not worried about their body odor.

    As for young men mistakingly thinking Axe makes them more attractive, well, peer response is incredibly effective.

  4. APK1080 says:

    Last year one of the times I took my kindergartner to the bus stop there was a group of 5th grade boys passing around a spray can of Axe body spray that one of them had smuggled out of his house. It was hilarious.