Over the years, health laws and policies have had an effect on everything from fast food to marijuana. But as these laws and policies change, do those changes have a direct impact on public consumption? There is plenty of research that suggests they do. However in some cases, it appears that less strict laws lead to more responsible consumption, such as with marijuana and alcohol.
When it comes to cigarettes and trans fats, it appears that raised awareness and more strict laws work to decrease consumption. Is it possible then, that awareness is the most important element? Perhaps it is only by raising awareness that public opinion can be swayed, and beneficial laws can then be made to protect public health.
To learn more, refer to the infographic below created by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University’s Online Master’s in Health Law and Policy program.