LETTER: Aerosols without CFCs

THE article on CFCs [chlorofluorocarbons] which appeared on 31 December entitled "Holding our breath" was accompanied by a large photograph of an aerosol.

It is important to remember that no consumer aerosol contains CFCs other than very few in the medical field. This has been the case since 1989. Aerosol household products have not contained CFCs for over 20 years. A small minority of specialist UK aerosols for essential medical purposes, such as asthma inhalers, will continue to use CFCs until suitable and effective alternatives are developed.

We are concerned that the inference of such a prominent photograph leads the reader to associate CFCs with aerosols and can only damage an industry which responded swiftly and responsibly to remove CFCs from its products.

Sue Rogers

British Aerosol

Manufacturers' Association

London SW1P

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