No Vices: Ill. Eyes Bans on Powdered Alcohol and Caffeine, E-cigs

Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf.

The Illinois state Senate is poised to vote on two proposed laws outlawing powdered alcohol, often called Palcohol, and powdered caffeine.

Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein is pushing the powdered alcohol ban, and the proposal cleared a legislative committee last week.

Illinois Watchdog reached out to Silverstein, but he did not immediately return our calls.

Silverstein has said, however, that he’s afraid for young people.

“It’s the type of item that can be sprinkled on food or put in drinks,” Silverstein told the State Journal Register.

But Sherzod Abdukadirov, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, said the fear about what could possibly, maybe, perhaps, occur is a dangerous one.

“The problem with banning [these things] proactively is that you’re actually focusing on hypothetical risks,” Abdukadirov said. “And there are some many hypothetical risks, that if we keep chasing every potential or possible harm our job will never be done.”