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Pod-cast about Eating Tide Pods (Guest: Jeff Stier)

February 22, 2018

In this delicious episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Consumer Choice Center Senior Fellow Jeff Stier joins the show to talk about a new bill in New York regulating Tide Pods. Bon appetit!

In this delicious new episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Consumer Choice Center senior fellow and Heartland Institute policy advisor Jeff Stier and research fellow Jesse Hathaway talk about a new bill in New York regulating Tide Pods.

Two New York state lawmakers are proposing for a new bill that would require new packaging for laundry detergent pods, saying their bill would stop the “Tide Pod Challenge,” an online social-media trend of people filming themselves eating the cleaning products.

Stier says the bill, introduced by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Queens) and Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), would not stop people from doing stupid things on camera.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, at least 86 people have been hospitalized because they ate laundry pods in January 2018, compared to a total of 53 all year in 2017. According to Stier, the New York bill would not prevent people from eating cleaning products on purpose, and might even make this dangerous behavior more attractive, because of government’s added attention to the issue.

Stier says the government can’t stop people from doing stupid things, and the bill would just make the products more difficult to purchase and use for normal people. Instead of chasing headlines by trying to proposing bills that would make life harder for people who are using the products as intended, Stier says lawmakers should work to make life better for everybody by using common sense.
Author
Jeff Stier is a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Choice Center. He is also a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
jeffstier@gmail.com @jeffastier
Author
Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.
media@heartland.org @JesseinOH