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Florida County Votes Down Fluoridation

•, Douglas Main
 A motion to add fluoride to tap water in a county in west-central Florida was defeated after four out of five county commissioners opposed it. The plan would have cost Hernando County about $800,000 to add fluoride to the water of about 62,000 people. The chemical is added to water to reduce the incidence of cavities.

The decision was made after a hearing in which commissioners listened to comments from local residents, as stated by the Tampa Bay Times:

They described health risks they believed to be associated with fluoride, ranging from a tooth condition called fluorosis to renal failure and bone problems. They called the substance poison and quoted various medical studies that attributed low intelligence to fluoridated water.

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