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  • Maryland's Nanny State Targets Foam Cups and Containers

    March 19, 2019
    Maryland consumers may soon be deprived of one of my favorite products: plastic foam coffee cups. The Maryland House of Delegates has already passed a bill that would ban all containers made with polystyrene foam, which—if eventually signed by Gov. Larry Hogan—would be the first statewide foam container ban. But that move will likely do more environmental harm than good, despite claims to the contrary.
  • E-Cigarette Puritans Risk Lives

    March 7, 2019
    Tobacco companies faced a savage backlash in the 1990s when the public realized they willfully misled the world about the dangers of smoking. Yet when leaders of the modern medical establishment employ the same tactics to deceive the public about the risks of e-cigarettes, they face few, if any, repercussions.
  • Agenda for the 116th Congress: Consumer Freedom

    January 15, 2019
    The second-to-last chapter in the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s agenda for the 116th Congress focuses on consumer freedom. Specifically, the chapter recommends ways Congress can rein in federal agencies from infringing on adults’ right to decide how they spend their money and what they put in their own bodies.
  • 5 Myths about E-cigarettes and Public Health

    December 13, 2018
    My colleague Michelle Minton recently released an excellent new study on the health impact of e-cigarettes and why some people are misrepresenting the risks involved (watch Michelle’s interview with Reason TV’s John Stossel on the topic here). The full study, complete with all of the details and end notes, is 100 pages long, however, so for readers looking for the short version, we’ve prepared a blog summary and the infographic below.
  • Conflict of Interest over Vaping Threatens Public Health

    December 5, 2018
    Cigarette smoking kills nearly half a million Americans every year, and for every person who dies due to smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The rise of a vibrant market for e-cigarettes in recent years has been a blessing for public health because many longtime smokers have been able to reduce health risks associated with smoking or even quit their life-threatening habit entirely after switching to vapor products. Research suggests vaping poses just 1 to 5 percent of the health risk posed by combustible cigarettes.
  • Reason's John Stossel Interviews Michelle Minton on the E-Cigarette Scare

    November 20, 2018
    The FDA recently announced new regulations restricting the sale of e-cigarettes, supposedly to protect young people from harms associated with nicotine. However, as CEI Senior Fellow Michelle Minton, author of an upcoming CEI study on the topic, notes, “Rather than keeping adolescents away from nicotine, the FDA’s new rules will likely push adolescents to acquire e-cigarettes through illicit channels or simply use combustible cigarettes.”
  • Senate Should Move Forward with Confirmation Votes on Buerkle, Others

    November 13, 2018
    With the 2018 election behind us, it’s time to look for opportunities to advance freedom and economic well-being. I don't expect much to happen congressionally given the divided chambers, but that does not mean policy changes can’t happen administratively within federal agencies and departments.
  • Greens Want to Hide the Truth about Chlorpyrifos

    October 26, 2018

    Environmental crusades to ban pesticides often exaggerate chemical risks with little, if any, consideration of how bans undermine food production. And there is a reason for that: a balanced approach undermines the greens’ radical agenda. Just recently, some activists have gone as far as to ask a federal court to basically ignore an amicus brief filed by farm groups. It details the damage that a court-ordered pesticide ban could cause.

  • Unfounded Accusations Regarding Bees and Glyphosate

    October 3, 2018

    Recent accusations that a popular weed killer harms honeybees have become headline news in a wide range of sources including CBS News, The Guardian, and Popular Science. Yet the solitary study they all cite doesn’t hold much water.

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Should Halt Grants to UN Cancer Agency

    September 19, 2018

    Yesterday, Congress passed an appropriations bill that kept funding intact for the United Nations body known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The House version of the bill originally included a provision that would have placed strings on U.S. funding for IARC. That language was stripped out at the last minute, unfortunately, so now the funding has been retained in the next fiscal year’s appropriations for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education.

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