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  • Trump’s Drug Price Controls are a Lousy Deal for Patients

    September 15, 2020
    Prescription drug prices are popular targets for lawmakers. Still, it came as a surprise when President Trump issued an executive order imposing price controls on pharmaceuticals purchased through Medicare. This administration has done an admirable job touting the benefits of slashing red tape. So, President Trump should know that price controls on prescription drug are likely to backfire.
  • FDA Rules on E-cigarette Makers Go into Effect Today, to the Detriment of Public Health

    September 9, 2020
    As of September 9, all nicotine vapor manufacturers must submit an application to the FDA if they want to continue legally marketing their products. The requirement was spawned by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Though ostensibly intended to protect the public from new cigarettes, the TCA protects the existing cigarette cartel by preventing new competitors from entering the market.
  • No Market Failure, No New Regulations

    September 9, 2020
    The Senate is about to consider federally regulating transportation network companies for the first time. But proof of market failure should always be a prerequisite for imposing new regulationsThis bar is not met for the regulations proposed by Sami’s Law. Born out of a tragedy and good intentions, the law seeks to make mandatory what’s already happening in the marketplace.
  • Anti-Nicotine Zealots Only Care about Science When it Says What They Want

    August 27, 2020
    Opponents of nicotine vapor products like to claim the scientific high ground. For years, they have asserted there isn’t enough evidence on the long-term risks associated with e-cigarettes or their effectiveness for smoking cessation. But, even as evidence supporting the relative safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes emerged, opponents balked.
  • How the U.S. Spreads Fake Vaping Fears, Part II

    August 13, 2020
    In a previous post, CEI's Michelle Minton described how, through the use of statistical hocus pocus, anti-vaping interest have exported vape panic around the world. But the misuse of survey data is far from the only rabbit those seeking to ban nicotine vapor products can pull out of their hat. In this post, she discusses another, more dangerous approach employed by anti-vaping activists: morality.
  • 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.

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