The Consumable Vice: Caffeine, Public Health, and the Law

45 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2014

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James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Megan Scanlon

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Alicia Corbett

Gallagher & Kennedy, PA

Andrew Sorensen

Arizona State University (ASU) - Public Health Law & Policy Program

Date Written: Fall 2010

Abstract

Among Americans' many consumable vices (e.g., illicit drugs, tobacco, alcohol, sugars, salt, high fat foods), caffeine represents a unique and popular ingredient that infiltrates multiple product lines, directly impacts individual and communal health (especially among children and adolescents), and yet enjoys relatively little regulation.' Caffeine is pervasive in our beverages, foods, and medicines. Americans may find it difficult, even impossible, to completely eliminate caffeine from their diets. Caffeine is a natural ingredient in coffees, chocolates, and teas. It is intentionally added to products ranging from sodas, sports drinks, "high performance" dietary supplements, alcoholic beverages, headache medicines, and even drinking water. Routine, extensive ingestion of "America's favorite drug" reflects our societal acquiescence in addiction. A "caffeine high" is an innocent pleasure that millions undertake one or more times each day to stimulate their minds and bodies to perform at peak levels. Caffeine provides a daily, inexpensive boost of energy that makes life better for many Americans, regardless of their social class, ethnicity, or status.

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and Scanlon, Megan and Corbett, Alicia and Sorensen, Andrew, The Consumable Vice: Caffeine, Public Health, and the Law (Fall 2010). Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515499

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Megan Scanlon

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Alicia Corbett

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Andrew Sorensen

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