Keep Diabetes-Causing Chemicals Out of Cosmetics

Target: Alex Gorsky, C.E.O. of Johnson & Johnson

Goal: To remove chemicals shown to increase the risk of diabetes in women from all personal care products produced by Johnson & Johnson brands.

When we consider our risk for diabetes, we tend to think only of our own diet and exercise habits. But a new study performed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital indicates that even the products we use to take care of our skin, hair, and appearance may be multiplying our likelihood of developing the disease. The study demonstrates an association between high levels of phthalates–endocrine-disrupting chemicals–in the body and an increased risk of diabetes. Phthalates are commonly found in many varieties of personal care products, including lotion, body wash, nail polish, perfume, and hair spray. Americans–especially women–put themselves in danger of developing diabetes without even knowing it when they use these everyday products.

As an industry leader in personal care products, Johnson & Johnson now has the unique opportunity to be the first to declare its products phthalate-free. The company produces several lines of cosmetics and personal care items, including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Clean & Clear. In order to keep each and every one of its products safe for years of repeated use, Johnson & Johnson must first take steps to remove these poisonous chemicals from any brand bearing its company name.

Finding healthy food and the time to exercise already makes diabetes prevention a challenge for many women in the United States. Women shouldn’t have to fear that their health risks will multiply with the use of everyday personal care products. Tell Johnson & Johnson to lead the cosmetics industry by removing dangerous, diabetes-causing chemicals from its products.


Dear Alex Gorsky,

As the C.E.O. of one of the world’s leading companies in personal care products, you now have the unique opportunity to rid Johnson & Johnson products of a chemical recently discovered to increase the risk of diabetes. Most personal care items, such as lotions, soaps, and hair products, contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates. A recent study has demonstrated a link between high levels of phthalates in the body and an elevated risk of developing diabetes. You now have the opportunity–and the responsibility–to protect the millions of Americans who use Johnson & Johnson products every day from this dangerous and unnecessary health risk.

The Johnson & Johnson brand has become synonymous with health and well-being across the country. I ask that you help the company live up to its image by ridding all Johnson & Johnson products of these toxic chemicals at once.


[Your Name Here]

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