Lobbied by the Nebraska Dental Association and supported by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Nebraska legislature passed a law in April 2008, over the Governor’s veto, to require all Nebraska cities with populations over 1,000 to add fluoride chemicals into water supplies unless cities opt-out by 2010. Forty-nine Nebraska cities said “no thanks” in referenda on Election Day.
Corning, NY residents passed a citizen-initiated referendum to rescind their city council’s right to decide the issue for them — effectively halting fluoridation. A pro-fluoridation dentist raised $100,000, mostly from dental organizations, to fund the fluoridation scheme. Corning joins 15 NY State communities that have rejected fluoridation in past years.
Also voting down fluoridation: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; Jackman and Moose River, Maine.
“Once again we have seen confirmed — from Maine to Nebraska — that informed citizens, when given a choice, will reject fluoridation,” says FAN Executive Director, Paul Connett, PhD. “This is not surprising considering twenty-three studies now link fluoride exposure to lowered IQ.”
According to Connett, these rejections bode well for a citizen fight back in Louisiana. After years of trying, the ADA and the Louisiana Dental Association expended much money and lobbying efforts to finally convince a novice group of Louisiana State Legislators to pass a fluoridation mandate law this year. However, cities can still opt out after petitioning 15 percent of registered voters for a referendum which must then pass by a majority of voters.
Alamo Heights, Texas rejected fluoridation in September 2008. A city council member who is a retired geophysicist, with a keen interest in research and the time to do it, confronted Texas “fluoridation experts” who were unable to answer important safety questions. As a result, the council unanimously said “No” to fluoridation.
Other US cities rejecting fluoridation in 2008 prior to Election Day: Littleton and Yarmouth, Massachusetts; Poughkeepsie, NY; Manila, California; Marion, Wisconsin.
In Canada: Quebec City, Quebec; Dryden, Welland, Pelham, and parts of Thorold, Ontario
In the UK: Isle of Man; Pendle, Hyndburn, and Lancashire, England.
In New Zealand: Alexandra, Earnslceugh/Manuheriki and Cromwell.