Strong majority support ban on water fluoridation - 194 participants

Jan 27, 2017

There is currently no prohibition on water fluoridation in New Hampshire, but that could change if a bill sponsored by Rep. Valerie Fraser, HB 585, becomes a law. Under existing statutes, residents of a city or town can vote to add fluoride to their public water supply. HB 585 would eliminate that option. According to the Department of Environmental Services, ten municipalities in New Hampshire fluoridate their drinking water, while another six communities purchase fluoridated water from Manchester. Read more about this issue here. On January 29, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH prohibit water fluoridation?” 

“Should NH prohibit water fluoridation?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Water Fluoridation New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 194 participants gave 709 responses

A total of 97% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 3% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 194 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 709 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 32 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 85% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported prohibiting water fluoridation.  

  • “We do not need chemicals added to our water by the government.”
  • “There's already fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, bottled water, not to mention the fluoride treatments you get at the dentist office. Why should it be in our regular water supply as well?”
  • “Yes. It causes fluorosis and there is no way to determine safety levels.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 15%, were against prohibiting water fluoridation.

  • “Why would we ban this? It's well researched. It's good for you with no known side effects.”
  • “Fluoride in water has cut the rate of cavities by a huge amount, saving parents millions of dollars in dentist bills.”
  • “Let the voters in those towns make the decision of what is best for their people.”

Other: As noted above, 3% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 585 (2017)
Bill Status: Tabled in the House
Hearing date: Feb 14, 2017

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