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San Francisco Weighs Program Promoting Chemical-Free Nail Salons

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A customer at a salon has her nails done. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A customer at a salon has her nails done. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco supervisors were considering legislation that would encourage residents to go to salons that use chemical-free nail polish.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that salons that participate in the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program by using toxic-free polishes would likely get a decal from the city to put in their window.

The Board of Supervisors’ public safety committee on Monday recommended the full board approve legislation creating the program.

The decision came after testimony from public health advocates and salon workers, who attributed chemicals in nail polish to health problems such as headaches, dizziness and asthma.

The three chemicals that are considered dangerous are toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde. They are found in most nail polishes.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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