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Started: 1/28/2013 Category: Politics
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Do you believe that the government should have the right to dictate laws that limit or prohibit "unhealthy" life choices by its citizens?


Yes, I accept your challenge.

Firstly, let me state, such laws are already enforced. Take drugs as an example. Let's look at some commonly banned drugs.

Cocaine can cause excitable, hyperactive behaviour, wildness and frenzy. The person who took it may be sweating and have a tremor of their hands. They may also experience hallucinations, and if they were driving, they would crash their car and hurt not only themselves, but also other drivers or passerby, WHICH IS A THREAT TO THE SAFE-BEING OF THE SOCIETY, WHICH THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROTECT.

Morphine and heroin - commonly injected - The casualty will have small pupils, and be sluggish and confused. He may have needle marks, which may be infected, and his breathing will be slow and shallow, and may stop altogether. Taking a certain amount of these drugs will kill, and it can be used as a suicide method as well as a murder method. THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY COUNTRY OR REGION SHOULD DEFINITELY PREVENT THEIR CITIZENS FROM TAKING THEIR OWN/OTHERS LIVES AS THE PEACEFULNESS WOULD BE DISRUPTED AND THEIR OWN CITIZENS WOULD BE SCARED AND FRIGHTENED, FEELING THE LACK OF SECURITY DUE TO THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OCCURRING AROUND THEM.

So, what does the government do exactly? Let's look at Hong Kong's laws first. (
'Any person who has in his possession; or smokes, inhales, ingest or injects a dangerous drug, shall be liable upon conviction to a fine HK$ 1,000,000 and imprisonment for 7 years .
Any person who has in his possession any pipe, equipment or apparatus fit and intended for the smoking, inhalation, ingestion or injection of a dangerous drug, shall be liable upon conviction to a fine of HK$10,000 and imprisonment for 3 years .'

Even people who manufacture drugs get in trouble.
'Any person who traffics in a dangerous drug shall be liable upon conviction to a fine of HK$5,000,000 and imprisonment for life . [trafficking includes selling or giving away any amount of a dangerous drug]
Any person who manufactures a dangerous drug, shall be liable upon conviction to a fine of HK$ 5,000,000 and imprisonment for life .'

Hong Kong's law system was activated and used only in 1997, so it is a set of new laws that are designed to be better than other laws and not contain the loopholes they have. It was drafted not only by lawyers from China and Hong Kong but also Britain. These laws, under these circumstances, should be very good and reasonable. The Government is trying to prevent the deaths or damage that can be done to the human body by these drugs. They are trying to make their citizens feel safe.

Governments also make laws that ban the delivery of food that may contain substances that negatively influence health. Take a look at this law in the US:
'Inspectors of carcasses, etc., meat of which is intended for export; certificates of condition.
For the purpose of section 615 of this title the Secretary may appoint inspectors who shall be authorized to give an official certificate stating the condition in which said cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, mules, or other equines, and the meat thereof, are found.'
This law is used to protect the consumers of the food product. Through investigation, the Government can find out which products are not healthy for consumption and therefore protect the health and wellbeing of its citizens.

Any food containing meat is inspected too, so there will be no loophole for dishonest businesses.
'Pizzas containing meat food products.
(1) Under such terms and conditions as the Secretary shall prescribe through rules and regulations issued under section 624 of this title that may be necessary to ensure food safety and protect public health such as special handling procedures, the Secretary shall exempt pizzas containing a meat food product from the inspection requirements of this chapter if -
(A) the meat food product components of the pizzas have been prepared, inspected, and passed in a cured or cooked form as ready-to-eat in compliance with the requirements of this chapter; and
(B) the pizzas are to be served in public or private nonprofit institutions.
(2) The Secretary may withdraw or modify any exemption under this subsection whenever the Secretary determines such action is necessary to ensure food safety and to protect public health. The Secretary may reinstate or further modify any exemption withdrawn or modified under this subsection.'

There are also such laws in the UK (
'Rendering food injurious to health.
(1)Any person who renders any food injurious to health by means of any of the following operations, namely"
(a)adding any article or substance to the food;
(b)using any article or substance as an ingredient in the preparation of the food;
(c)abstracting any constituent from the food; and
(d)subjecting the food to any other process or treatment,with intent that it shall be sold for human consumption, shall be guilty of an offence.
(2)In determining for the purposes of this section and section 8(2) below whether any food is injurious to health, regard shall be had"
(a)not only to the probable effect of that food on the health of a person consuming it; but
(b)also to the probable cumulative effect of food of substantially the same composition on the health of a person consuming it in ordinary quantities.
(3)In this Part "injury", in relation to health, includes any impairment, whether permanent or temporary, and "injurious to health" shall be construed accordingly.'
These laws are used to protect the health of citizens and increases the quality of foods, so the people will have less worries.

Here is a quote:
'The Food and Drugs Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the Meat Inspection Act and the Canada Agricultural Products Act, to name but a few, provide a rich regulatory tapestry of standards and inspection
rules that protect consumers from false, misleading and dangerous food.'
(Agriculture and Food Law Summary - by Prof. Don Buckingham, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. October 2004)

There are lots of other regulations such as fertiliser, plant inspection and seeds act, and they all ensure the safety and health of the consumer. If the food contained bacteria, the health of the consumer would be threatened, and these laws prevent that from happening. That is why every Government has the right to enact laws that limit or prohibit unhealthy food.
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