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  • Trump’s Drug Price Control Orders Are Bound to Backfire

    July 27, 2020
    At a White House gathering last Friday, President Trump announced four new executive orders intended to restrict the ways pharmaceutical companies set the price of prescription drugs. Those new rules are likely to backfire. They may produce modestly lower prices for some patients in the short term, but everyone will bear the burden of higher prices and fewer treatment options in the long run.
  • How the U.S. Spreads Fake Vaping Fears

    July 21, 2020
    The international health profession is rightly focused on the SARS-CoV-2 virus threat at the moment. Meanwhile, another multinational threat has insidiously spread: Alarmism about nicotine vapor products (e-cigarettes) has infected a growing number of governments around the world. Out of panic, they are disregarding evidence that giving smokers legal access to nicotine vapor can save millions of lives.
  • Perverse Psychology: How Anti-Vaping Campaigns Backfired

    June 17, 2020
    We have spent years and countless billions trying to deal with the supposed epidemic of youth vaping. It has only gotten worse. A new CEI study investigates why teen vaping suddenly has skyrocketed after years of anti-vaping messaging campaigns by governments and health groups. The conclusion in the paper is that youth vaping increased not despite anti-vaping efforts, but because of them. 
  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Anti-Drug Warriors’ Crocodile Tears

    June 8, 2020
    There is a lot to say about the heinous killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and no shortage of opinions being offered. Many have been attempts to boost political agendas. But of the disingenuous offers of sympathy with the black community, there is one type that should be rejected: those from anti-drug warriors, who have contributed to destroying generations of black lives and families.
  • Green Activists' Unwarranted Attacks on CPSC Nominee Nancy Beck

    June 3, 2020
    Left-of-center environmental activists are at it again, maligning the reputation of one of President Trump’s nominees—with little regard for the truth. One of their latest victims is toxicologist Nancy Beck, whom Trump recently nominated to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Cocktails in Quarantine: How your State Governs Booze Buying during Lockdown

    May 15, 2020
    With all the other added stress created by the outbreak of COVID-19, most states have chosen to relax alcohol laws in a pragmatic bid to save struggling businesses and encourage compliance with social distancing. CEI has prepared this handy list of states that currently allow alcohol delivery or curbside pickup. Enjoy responsibly.
  • The Man Who Fed the World, And the Film that Condemned Him for It

    April 22, 2020
    The first indication that PBS’s new documentary on agronomist Norman Borlaug will not be overly laudatory is its title. Anti-hunger activist Leon Hesser called his biography of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner The Man Who Fed the World. But film writer/director/producer Rob Rapley was only willing to call Borlaug The Man Who Tried to Feed the World. Still, while the program struggles to find fault with Borlaug and his methods, the positives cannot help but shine through.
  • Robots Are Here to Make Your Job Safer and Cleaner

    April 10, 2020
    Positive stories about win-win results from the march of automation are everywhere in our economy, but they don’t get told and repeated enough. The workers who are told they should be the most worried about their jobs being stolen by robots are, in fact, the ones who will likely benefit the most from future jobs that will be safer and more pleasant.
  • Deregulation Is an Effective Pandemic Defense

    April 9, 2020
    In a new op-ed in RealClearMarkets, Iain Murray and Ryan Young outline the major points of CEI’s just-released #NeverNeeded paper, which identifies regulations harmful to the coronavirus response.
  • EPA Inspector General Report Could Exacerbate Medical Supply Shortages

    April 3, 2020
    As hospitals struggle to access sterile medical supplies, the EPA Inspector General released a report that could make things worse. It alleges that EPA officials failed to warn people of cancer risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions from medical sterilization plants—a claim that holds no water. The IG’s allegations are based on flawed science and could undermine operations at these facilities.

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