There are few things more fundamental to the concept of freedom than the right to determine how to live one’s own life. Prohibitions, de facto bans, and “sin” taxes meant to influence consumer behavior always have negative unintended consequences. Rarely do these measures encourage healthier behavior, instead pushing people toward more dangerous choices, burdening those with the least resources, and spurring dangerous illicit markets. Yet, there are still many who attempt to exert their will on others, using legislative and regulatory power to control consumer behavior.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute believes the proper role for government is to provide consumers with accurate, unbiased guidance that informs consumer choice. But, whether it is the substances we prefer, how we entertain ourselves, what dietary habits we maintain, or how we pursue personal health, consumers ought to have the right to make decisions for themselves.

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Zika Wake-Up Call

The spread of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus should be yet another wake-up call for public officials around the world. As a relatively new threat, Zika has…

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Michelle Minton

Senior Fellow

  • Consumer Freedom
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Consumer Well-Being