Powdered alcohol is a mix sold in a small pouch. It can be turned into cocktails, vodka or rum when blended with water. Most American’s favor a ban on its sale in order to prevent the risk in underage use.
The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, concluded that many Americans are in favor of banning the sale of powdered alcohol online (84 %) while some support a complete ban (60%).
There are 2 main reasons why most Americans want Palcohol banned.
The first is that powdered alcohol is intended for online sale as well as distribution in liquor-licensed establishments nationwide. Online sales, could allow underage youth to purchase the powder by ordering with delivery to other addresses , or using fake id’s on the delivery date.
But the same could be said about the sale of regular alcohol online, so maybe what is needed is stronger regulations on the alcohol internet sales in general.
The second reason has to do with product appeal. It is knows that even teens who do not normally drink alcohol are more attracted to fruit or sweet byproducts, like jello shots and alcoholic energy drinks.
So just like in the case of E-cigarettes it is not the illegal substance that might attract underage youth but the delivery system.
Palcohol , as the powdered alcohol is named, will be launched sometime during the summer both online and in retail stores. The powder will be taxed at the same rate as liquid alcohol.
The poll University of Michigan’s poll, also stated that while the majority of Americans see the alcohol powder as a risk, there were adults who think that banning such products is pointless, and even might make it more popular.
A large majority of adult (85%) participating in the poll, considered that marketing strategies for the product should be changed.
Although the products has not even been lauched on the market yet, several states have banned it , while others are now working on either limiting and regulating its sale or banning it entirely.
Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina, Virginia and Vermont have already banned the sale of Palcohol.
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