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DEBATE TOPICS


Should states increase taxes on alcohol?

Pros:

    Raising taxes on alcohol will result in less alcohol abuse.

    Alcohol use by teens will be reduced due to a lack of money to pay for cigarettes.

    The alcohol industry will take responsibility for the problems caused by alcohol abuse.

   

Cons:

    Light to moderate drinkers must also pay higher prices for alcohol.

    Increased taxes would cause a ripple effect that would result in a loss of jobs and economic problems.

 

References:

1) Heien, D.M. Are higher alcohol taxes justified?  The Cato Journal. 1995/1996; 15(2-3).


Should customers be allowed to sue food production companies for health problems (e.g. diabetes, obesity, etc.) that possibly resulted from consumption of products?

Pros:

    Scientists have found biochemical evidence that certain foods are addictive.

    Fast food restaurants manipulate certain foods' addictive properties in order to increase sales.

    Economic gain is given precedence over health.

   

Cons:

    Food is not addictive.

    Individuals control their own eating habits.

    Individuals have the option of choosing healthy alternatives when dining at a restaurant.

 

References:

1)  Fatty-food suits mislead.  USA Today, May 14, 2003.

2)  Eating away at Big Food's legal defense.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 23, 2003.