Is your morning cup of coffee the statists’ next target? Maybe, if the author of ”7 Worrisome facts about caffeine” has his way. The seventh “worrisome” fact in this article is that the Food and Drug Administration (the same folks who, among other things, stop us from drinking raw milk) does not impose labeling requirements on caffeinated beverages. What!!? There is actually a product on the market free from federal interference? We cannot have that! But fear not, according to the article, new labeling laws may prompt the FDA to impose labeling requirements on products containing caffeine.
Those who might wonder what the big deal is about labeling requirements should remember that those federal regulations on cigarettes began with labeling requirements. Now the FDA is regulating electronic cigarettes–which don’t have any tobacco– as a tobacco product. So could warning labels lead to new federal laws “regulating” our consumption of caffeine? Well maybe not directly, but it could lead to new laws limiting the amount of caffeine in our cup of coffee. After all, it’s for our own good so why should there be any limits to the government’s ability to control our caffeine consumption?
Well in a free society, people should have the ability to make their own choices regulating whether, and how much, caffeine to consume, as well as whether to inhale vapors from electronic cigarettes or drink raw milk.