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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mitt Romney Made Millions off Cigarettes, Now He Wants to Kill its Competition

    January 2, 2020
    Though they (probably) aren’t car surfing or eating Tide pods,  lawmakers and government bureaucrats are as susceptible to passing fads as bored teenagers. For government folks, efforts to prevent death and disease from smoking is so last century. Cigarettes are “out,” e-cigarettes are “in.”
  • Blame Anti-Tobacco Advocates for Youth Vaping "Epidemic"

    December 20, 2019
    Like most teenage crazes, youth interest in e-cigarettes once seemed a passing fad. In the early years youth vaping skyrocketed, but by 2016 began to plummet. Teens remained uninterested in e-cigarettes in 2017. But, the following year, something suddenly rekindled their interest. In 2018 the number of high school students who vaped jumped by 78 percent.
  • Tobacco 21: Feel-Good Policy Could Backfire

    November 6, 2019
    Amid an outbreak of “vaping-linked” lung illnesses, a campaign of fear against vaping has reached a frenzied peak. For years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), health groups, and lawmakers have been sounding the alarm over rising numbers of adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes once a month. The lung injuries, occurring predominantly in young people and apparently entirely related to vaping black market cannabis, has only escalated the panic.
  • Free-Market Groups Support Trump Light Bulb Reform

    November 4, 2019
    The Bush and Obama administrations imposed a number of restrictions on light bulbs, but the Trump administration is pushing back on behalf of consumers. Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and 13 other free-market organizations filed a comment with the Department of Energy (DOE) in support of these efforts.
  • CEI Report: Universities Misuse Federal Children’s Environmental Health Grants to Pursue Political Agenda

    October 24, 2019
    For more than two decades the federal government has funded a number of “children’s environmental health centers.” Since they are housed in universities, you might think these centers would produce objective science on environmentally related children’s health risks, but think again.
  • In Praise of Pro-Consumer Tenure of Finance Regulator Kraninger

    October 16, 2019
    As she prepares to give her semi-annual testimony to Congress this week—on Wednesday to the House Financial Services Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and on Thursday to the Senate Banking Committee—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger has much to be proud of. Since the Senate confirmed her in December 2018, Kraninger has worked diligently to make the CFPB more transparent, more accountable, and ultimately more consumer-friendly.
  • Killing Us with Kindness: Democrats' War on Vaping Costs Lives

    October 15, 2019
    Liberals are supposed to the ones whose hearts “bleed” with concern for others’ welfare. That’s why modern liberals generally reject an abstinence-only approach to regulation. They recognize that policies aimed at reducing harm, like sex education, needle exchange programs, and addiction services, are beneficial to both individuals and society while prohibition merely creates injustice and suffering.

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