Consumer Protection & Regulation Prompts

CP & R Prompt One

After reviewing at least three of the CP&R resources, choose an issue area of concern to you.

How well do you believe you are protected as a consumer in that area? What do you know and not know? What agency or law would probably be most relevant to learn something about? What’s most important to share with other consumers about this issue area and the consumer protection it appears we have or don’t have?

CP & R Prompt Two

Consider the idea that some countries (or, even, states, counties, or cities) protect consumers through regulation and policy differently than others do. Below are some examples. Note that any consumer health related policy or other regulation “allows” something for one side (such as the industry) and “forces” or “limits freedom” for the other side. Think about which side “wins” for each of the policy options below.

  • Some food additives are allowed in the United States but not in other countries;
  • the United States and New Zealand allow drug companies to advertise directly to consumers but other countries do not;
  • some U.S. states allow short-term loans based on your car title and others do not;
  • some cities (such as Seattle!) offer “Pay As You Throw” trash collection options and others (such as Ellensburg) do not.

Looking at this list through your consumer health eyes, are there policies you would like to have changed? Are there policies or terms that you do not even understand or that you have never heard of? What does this mean, when it comes to consumer health? Taking just one item from the above list, where are consumers likely to be healthier or to feel as though they have more freedom/choice (in the country, state, or city that allows or ?  Rewrite the example bullet from the other “side’s” point of view. So, if one of the examples was “Some chemicals are allowed in household cleaning products in the United States but not in other countries,” the rewrite might be “Consumers have more limited choices in the United States than in some countries if they want to avoid certain chemicals in household cleaning products.”

End your post by expressing your own feelings as a consumer or as a consumer health student. How did this prompt change your thinking, if it did? What do you want now?