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Has Big Brother Gone Too Far? US Wants Cell Phones & Soda

Has Big Brother Gone Too Far? US Wants Cell Phones & Soda

When it comes to letting the government watch out for public safety, some things are off-limits for Americans. A new survey shows that while 62 percent of US adults think there should be a national ban on smoking in public locations, only 38 percent support a ban on cell-phone use while driving, and 70 percent oppose a tax on nondiet soda.


Despite the fact that smoking, driving distractions, and soda all pose health risks, Americans seem to single out smoking as a vice not protected from government control. And while drinking soda has a personal impact, driving on a cell phone and smoking both pose risks to innocent neighbors. Perhaps the distinction has something to do with the fact that the majority of Americans do not smoke, while many people do drive and drink soda.

Many things could be (and are) regulated in the name of public and personal safety. So what do you think makes Americans all right with banning smoking in public, but not other dangerous activities?

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jessr1214 jessr1214 7 years
i actually think a soda tax is a great idea. with childhood obesity such a huge problem, and soda companies putting vending machines in schools, if the tax wasn't prohibitive like someone else said and the money was used for obesity prevention programs i think it could do a lot of good. arkansas has (had? cant find any current info on it) a 1 cent tax on soda...most people arent even going to notice that but it raised a LOT of money that was used for childhood obesity prevention programs. sorry i dont have more specific info on it right now but i cant find any good articles...i'll keep digging.
jessr1214 jessr1214 7 years
i actually think a soda tax is a great idea. with childhood obesity such a huge problem, and soda companies putting vending machines in schools, if the tax wasn't prohibitive like someone else said and the money was used for obesity prevention programs i think it could do a lot of good. arkansas has (had? cant find any current info on it) a 1 cent tax on soda...most people arent even going to notice that but it raised a LOT of money that was used for childhood obesity prevention programs. sorry i dont have more specific info on it right now but i cant find any good articles...i'll keep digging.
geebers geebers 7 years
Jude- YES And I actually don't understand the seatbelt law either- except for children because they are being affected by an adult's behavior. I would never sit with someone who did not wear their seat belt in the driver and passenger seat - I am a little less stringent about the back seats because sometimes I can't find the belt.
geebers geebers 7 years
Jude- YESAnd I actually don't understand the seatbelt law either- except for children because they are being affected by an adult's behavior. I would never sit with someone who did not wear their seat belt in the driver and passenger seat - I am a little less stringent about the back seats because sometimes I can't find the belt.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Incidentally, has anyone but me noticed that it's always the people who insist that they don't have a problem with talking and driving, and insist they drive just as safely as if they weren't talking on the phone, who are the <b>worst</b> drivers while talking on the phone?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Incidentally, has anyone but me noticed that it's always the people who insist that they don't have a problem with talking and driving, and insist they drive just as safely as if they weren't talking on the phone, who are the worst drivers while talking on the phone?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
* sorry I meant can't
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
* sorry I meant can't
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Everyone wants a ban on something that doesn't apply to them. Cell phones can cause accidents while driving because you're not paying attention but everyone talks while they drive so we can ban that
Leene Leene 7 years
Jude C - I refuse to drive with people who aren't wearing seat belts too. I would not want my friend, who is 150 pounds, slamming to back of my head should I have to slam the brakes.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I agree with banning smoking in some public places, but smokers should not be forgotten even though most of us hate their dirty habit. And I completely support a ban on cell phone use while driving. Some people cannot do two simple things at one time.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I agree with banning smoking in some public places, but smokers should not be forgotten even though most of us hate their dirty habit. And I completely support a ban on cell phone use while driving. Some people cannot do two simple things at one time.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Yep yep.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Yep yep.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Jude, I agree. I also don't have a problem with children being required to wear helmets.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I actually refuse to drive with people who aren't wearing seat belts.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Well, I think it should be a law that children are buckled up--child endangerment is illegal for a reason--but I do agree that adults should have the choice to wear seatbelts or not.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Hain, I completely agree with you about seat belt laws. It's my mother's job to make sure I wear my seat belt (and she did her job well because I always do), not the government's job.
kasey009 kasey009 7 years
Tax on Non-Diet Soda?!!? That is insane, and I while not a soda drinker myself, if I was I would want the real stuff and that is my right!!!! No one should be singled out for drinking non-diet over diet!!!!! Everyones bodies are diffferent, and not everyone is going to get obese from drinking soda. But even if they did, it's their right to get fat!! When are people going to take responsibility for themselves?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Jude... aww you agree with me . lol I wonder what everyone thinks about seatbelt and motorcycle helmet laws? They only affect that 1 person and don't protect others from being harmed. Why are they law? Just wondering. I am personally against requiring those. Although I wear my belt 24/7. I just think if a person wants to die, that is their personal right.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Jude... aww you agree with me . lol I wonder what everyone thinks about seatbelt and motorcycle helmet laws? They only affect that 1 person and don't protect others from being harmed. Why are they law? Just wondering. I am personally against requiring those. Although I wear my belt 24/7. I just think if a person wants to die, that is their personal right.
geebers geebers 7 years
I actually support banning texting and using a cell phone while driving. People are reckless drivers with it- and I have seen accidents nearly happen several times where the driver was on the cell phone. They are banned in NYC and NJ - you can use a hands-free though. I think a hands-free should be allowed. I did read studies that show that driving with a hands-free is still dangerous but I would question that. If driving with a radio and fiddling with that is safe than I think a hands-free depends on the driver and how responsible s/he is to begin with. I am against banning anything that is a personal right however smoking affects those around you so I do support banning it in public places. People mentioned that it seems smoking is being banned left and right and still legal. It is legal because the tobacco industry is extremely wealthy and lobby hard. Tobacco is also an American product so that is why it is legal and probably will remain that way. The ban on smoking is a work-around. Finally, I drink non-diet. I drink it rarely but that is what I drink when I want soda. I cannot stand diet sodas. So I think this tax does not really address the issue of obesity and health.
geebers geebers 7 years
I actually support banning texting and using a cell phone while driving. People are reckless drivers with it- and I have seen accidents nearly happen several times where the driver was on the cell phone. They are banned in NYC and NJ - you can use a hands-free though. I think a hands-free should be allowed. I did read studies that show that driving with a hands-free is still dangerous but I would question that. If driving with a radio and fiddling with that is safe than I think a hands-free depends on the driver and how responsible s/he is to begin with.I am against banning anything that is a personal right however smoking affects those around you so I do support banning it in public places. People mentioned that it seems smoking is being banned left and right and still legal. It is legal because the tobacco industry is extremely wealthy and lobby hard. Tobacco is also an American product so that is why it is legal and probably will remain that way. The ban on smoking is a work-around.Finally, I drink non-diet. I drink it rarely but that is what I drink when I want soda. I cannot stand diet sodas. So I think this tax does not really address the issue of obesity and health.
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 7 years
Agreed with karlotta.In my province, smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and in enclosed workplaces - for which I am entirely grateful. As a non-smoker, I believe that I have a right to be out in public without having my air contaminated. I'm sure bars would greatly appreciate the loss of business associated with non-smokers not showing up because they don't want to risk being around second-hand smoke. When the ban was implemented here, bar owners gripped about experiencing a loss of business from smokers. It didn't happen. I don't have an issue with banning cell phone use while driving. Let the call go to voicemail.
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 7 years
Agreed with karlotta. In my province, smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and in enclosed workplaces - for which I am entirely grateful. As a non-smoker, I believe that I have a right to be out in public without having my air contaminated. I'm sure bars would greatly appreciate the loss of business associated with non-smokers not showing up because they don't want to risk being around second-hand smoke. When the ban was implemented here, bar owners gripped about experiencing a loss of business from smokers. It didn't happen. I don't have an issue with banning cell phone use while driving. Let the call go to voicemail.
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