“I want to consume this product; should public health experts stop me?” — Yes

Ken J Harvey
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11074
Published online: 3 October 2011

Public health expert Ken Harvey believes that they should

In theory, allowing people to make their own choices about purchasing products, unfettered by a “nanny state”, sounds fine. However, this assumes that consumers can make informed, rational choices about the cost, risks and benefits of a given product, and that their decisions have no impact on others.

  • Ken J Harvey

  • School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.


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