Month: February 2019

La police de la santé publique progresse

Les “défenseurs de la santé publique” se sont d’abord attaqué au tabac et à l’alcool, ils s’attaquent désormais à notre alimentation quotidienne. Dans un rapport publié fin janvier dans le journal médical réputé The Lancet, l’auteur principal, Boyd Swinburn, plaide en faveur d’une plus grande intervention afin de réduire les effets de la malnutrition sur la santé […]

Brexit tariff warning issued to UK Government

Tariffs on meat imports would put “another burden” on British consumers Ahead of Britain’s impending exit from the EU, lobby group Consumer Choice Center (CCC) said that unilateral tariff liberalisation on agricultural products was vital for making consumers better off and suggested that the UK’s potential gains from trade after Brexit could outweigh the costs. Maria […]

Consumers slam government plans for tariffs on food imports

FARMERS WEEKLY: This has drawn stinging criticism from consumer group Consumer Choice Centre. “Imposing tariffs on meat imports will not only put another burden on British consumers, but will also increase the costs of Brexit and send a signal to the rest of the world that post-Brexit Britain will pursue protectionism ahead of consumer interests,” […]

Should the U.S. Ban Junk Food Ads on Public Transport?

Critics of the ban Fred Roeder, managing director of the London-based Consumer Choice Center, said: “Combating childhood obesity is a noble goal, but trampling on consumer choice and the rights of adult consumers isn’t an appropriate solution.” Roeder cites Quebec as an example: in 1980, the Canadian province banned junk-food advertising and “contrary to the expected […]

End North Carolina’s archaic monopoly on liquor sales

When it comes to alcohol policy, North Carolina is more an outlier than exemplar. Though ours is among 17 states with an alcohol control system, where the state retains monopoly control of part of the alcohol trade, it stands out as one of the most restrictive. Private liquor stores are banned, prices are fixed, and […]

Taxing Sugar and Salt Hurts the People it Aims to Help

By Thomas Walker Following the introduction by the British government of a tax on sugary carbonated drinks in April 2018, intended to improve public health and combat obesity in children, some campaigners have started calling for similar taxes on a wider range of products. NHS Chief Medical Officer Prof. Dame Sally Davies, described by the […]

Dental therapists are no free market solution to dental woes

The current state of dental care in Florida is a mess. Florida lawmakers are right to address it. However, the proposed solution of midlevel providers called dental therapists in SB 1498 misses the mark and is anything but a market solution. Dental therapists require less training and education than dentists and can perform a fraction of […]

Opinion: Lack of Price Transparency is Hurting Cannabis Consumers

Saying that Canada’s cannabis rollout has been a rocky road would be a huge understatement. Since Oct. 2018, consumers have been faced with limited access, supply shortages, and steep prices. And, while all levels of government seem to be attempting to address and accommodate access and supply problems, one issue that has not been properly addressed, however; […]

Advocate pushes for private sector approach to cannabis sales

A manager with the Consumer Choice Center is calling for changes to Nova Scotia’s cannabis model. David Clement says our province should move toward a private sector approach, rather than entirely government control. “The retail model in the province is flawed from the start, mostly because it’s trying, it’s getting the government to try and […]

Is it time to scrap the TV licence?

by Richard Mason – Research Fellow at Consumer Choice Center About half a century ago, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter wrote in his book Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy about a concept he called ‘creative destruction’. Derived from the previous works of Marx, Schumpeter perceived economic growth under capitalism as a destructive force by which entrepreneurs, in discovering new and […]

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