d.c. plastic bag tax: do plastic bag bans and taxes cause diarrhea and death?
Plastic bag fee: is it good for the Anacostia River and bad for people who want to avoid stomach diseases?
Bloomberg recently published an article.
Columnist Ramesh Ponnuru comments on the negative effects of plastic bag bans and taxes
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The industry has highlighted news reports linking reusable shopping bags to disease transmission.
The Los Angeles Times reported on last May: \"A reusable shopping bag left in the hotel bathroom triggered an outbreak of the norlike virus --
Oregon researchers reported Wednesday that on October, nine of the 13 women\'s soccer team members had diarrhea and nausea.
The Novo virus may not have political influence, but it is also apparently boycotting plastic bags.
The warning of the disease seems to be excessive. the-
Top threat tactics, but research shows that there are more anecdotes behind the talk points in the industry.
In a 2011 study, four researchers examined reusable bags in California and Arizona and found that 51% of them contained coliform bacteria.
The problem seems to be the user\'s habit. Seventy-
5% said they put meat and vegetables in the same bag.
When the bag is stored in the trunk of a hot car for two hours, the bacteria will grow tenfold.
Of course, this study found that washing reusable bags can eliminate all.
But, as Ponnuru pointed out, \"97% reported that they never wash their luggage. \"It gets worse.
Two law professors studied the ban on San Francisco last year. -
Jonathan Crick of the University of Pennsylvania and Joshua D.
Wright at George Mason University-
This makes a serious discovery that people actually died because of the ban on bags.
\"The San Francisco ban led to five people. 4 and 15.
\"Additional deaths,\" the professors wrote, \"they concluded,\" that the current trend to ban bags may be unwise for economic reasons \".
Fox News said more succinctly: \"San Francisco\'s ban on plastic bags kills about five people a year.
\"Return to the capital now. D. C.
We know that the use of plastic bags has fallen sharply since this tax came into effect, and advocates say our waterways are basically cleaner.
But how about those five?
The murder department?
We have contacted D. C.
Public health authorities, see if they notice any relationship between reusable bags and death and/or diarrhea.
We will update this article when we have more information to share.
At the same time, go and wash your reusable bags.