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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 27, 2018 03:02 PM
From: Representative Michael K. Hanna
To: All House members
Subject: Designating the month of May 2018 as "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a serious and growing public health problem that affects people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds. MCS is a chronic medical condition characterized by debilitating chemical sensitivities in response to a single massive exposure or repeated low exposures to one or more toxic chemicals and other pollutants in the environment.

In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating the month of May 2018 as “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. The concern with MCS, which was brought to my attention by my constituent, is that it is a societal disease – meaning it is manmade – and since we created it, we also have the power to put an end to it.

Symptoms experienced by people with MCS range from mild to life-threatening and include headache, trouble concentrating, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, dizziness, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, and seizures. These symptoms can be triggered by exposures to chemicals found in many common products such as pesticides, perfumes, tobacco smoke, new carpets, air “fresheners,” new paint and building materials, and many cleaning and laundry products. Most of these chemicals will make everyone sick at high levels, but for chemically sensitive people exposures to even small amounts of these substances can cause symptoms.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution in order to promote awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Cory Smith at 717-772-2283 or by email at Cjsmith@pahouse.net.