11 Toxic Things You Should Probably Stop Sniffing

From the fairly obvious to the outright ironic, there are just some products out there that are not meant to be sniffed. What is it about the scent of gasoline that makes our nostrils go wild? Why do girls (or guys) feel the need to take a whiff of nail polish when painting their nails? If you care at all about your health, you may want to put a stop to these bad habits ASAP.

Here is a list of 11 toxic products that we can't help but sniff, even though we probably shouldn't.

1. Gasoline 

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This one should be obvious, but in case you weren't aware, gasoline contains poisonous chemicals called hydrocarbons. So, next time you're pumping gas and feel the sudden urge to take in a deep breath of its overpowering scent, you may want to think twice.

Still want to sniff it?

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Didn't think so.

2. Paint 

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No one likes a dull room...or cancer. Certain types of paint contain chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds. VOC's are carcinogens, so unless you want to predispose yourself to cancer (which I'm thinking you'd rather not), it's probably best you wear a mask next time you decide to paint your bedroom.

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3. Cleaning Products

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The mascot for Mr. Clean just happens to be bald...coincidence? I think not. Depending on your household cleaner of choice, several toxic chemicals are waiting to enter your lungs, including triclosan, ammonia, and some other chemicals way too complicated to pronounce.

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4. Cigarette Smoke

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Aside from the fact that the stench is just plain nasty, more than 7, 000 chemicals are released when cigarettes burn, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. To each their own, I guess.

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5. Dryer Sheets


Would you rather...

Have asthma, nausea, vomiting and/or pancreatic cancer as a result of using dryer sheets,

Or not use dryer sheets and receive several annoying, sometimes painful static shocks throughout the day?

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 6. Glue

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Remember all of the lovely crafts you made in grade school? Neither. Despite all the toluene I probably inhaled, I think I still turned out ok (for now, at least).

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7. Nail Polish 


Like the smell of dead people? Many nail polishes contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde, otherwise known as the "toxic trio." Yuck!

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8. Hair Dye

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Boredom? Mid-life crisis? Break-up? Whatever the reason for your new look, hair dyes contain chemicals called aromatic amines which have been linked to causing cancer.

Still worth hiding those few greys?

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9. Perfume/Cologne

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If you don't foresee children in your future, feel free to continue dousing yourself with these products. From parabens to phthalates to synthetic musks, these fragrances cause hormone disruption and reproductive problems.

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 10. Scented Candles

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If burning down your house isn't reason enough to stop using scented candles, maybe breathing in tons of carcinogenic toxins as a result of burning paraffin will be.

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11. Air Freshener

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Consider it birth control for men.  Air Fresheners contaminate our air with VOC's and something called phthalates (kudos to you if you can pronounce that properly). Phthalates affect human development and can cause poor sperm quality and infertility in men.

Worried about leaving a stench behind after you've used the washroom? There's always Poo-Pourri for that instead!

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