Sustainable Packaging: What Consumers Should Know This Thanksgiving

While the Thanksgiving holiday will look a bit different this year, there will still be plenty of small gatherings and delicious home cooked meals. With those home cooked meals and extra food comes excess household product packaging, which makes up 65 percent of household trash, a figure that will likely be higher this Thanksgiving holiday. […]

Sign up NOW for our Upcoming Webinar on Recycling: Paper, Plastic, or Metal?

The general norm is that it doesn’t matter if it’s aluminum food cans, plastic, or paper food packaging—they all go into the recycling bin. But the costs and environmental benefits associated with the recycling process itself differ by product. While some materials like aluminum cans are capable of being recycled over and over again, others […]

Webinar Video: Consequences of the Continued Rhetoric to Ban Vaping

In recent years, several states across the U.S. have implemented and considered various bans on flavored vaping products and e-cigarettes. But what do we know about the unintended consequences of implementing vaping and flavor bans? Is prohibition the answer? To learn more about these concerns and the scientific evidence behind vaping, please watch this webinar […]

Proposition 22 is a Big Win for Workers and Consumers!

Last night, California voters approved Proposition 22, a ballot measure that now allows app-based drivers to remain as independent contractors, not employees. The passage of Proposition 22 does not just represent a win for California workers, who can now continue to earn income in an employment structure they overwhelmingly favor, but it also represents a […]

Town Hall: The Necessity of Proposition 22

On November 3rd, California voters will decide whether Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that would exempt ride sharing apps and food delivery companies from the draconian labor regulations of AB.5, should become state law. Proposition 22’s passage would provide an important exemption to ride share apps and food delivery companies that would allow them to continue to operate and […]

Inside Sources: Science, Not Politics, Should Set Nicotine Regulation

When it comes to regulating smoking and nicotine products, people want science — not scaremongering. That’s the finding of a recent survey of more than 19,000 adults in 19 countries released by Philip Morris International (PMI). According to the survey’s findings, people want “science-based” decision-making when governments deal with challenges like ending smoking-related deaths or […]

The Economic Standard: Proposition 24 Will Harm Growth and Innovation

Proposition 24 is a ballot initiative that California’s voters will decide on in November, and it seeks to expand the previously passed California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. If passed, Prop. 24 would limit the information that technology companies can collect by imposing onerous new regulations, such as forcing companies to openly disclose what information is […]

COVID-19: Mitigating Worker and Consumer Risk

As the country slowly regains its economic footing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, consumers, employees, and their employers are working to develop the ‘new normal’ for essential and re-opened businesses. As part of this process, labor groups, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, are pushing to make temporary pay increases […]

Recognizing the Importance of the Staggers Rail Act to Consumers

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) president Steve Pociask today joined hundreds of other public policy experts in a letter to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Staggers Rail Act. The letter, addressed to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and Congress states: “[The] Staggers Act established a visionary approach to regulation that sparked […]

Video: How Ending Price Regulation Benefitted Consumers

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Act, a law that ended the regulation of railroad prices. The Staggers Act demonstrated four decades ago that deregulation, when done correctly, can provide huge benefits to the nation and to consumers in particular. Specifically, price deregulation led to a 44% long term reduction in rail […]