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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FDA Four-Month Delay Not Enough to Save E-Cigarette Industry

    April 3, 2020
    To fight the coronavirus, many states have pressed pause on certain rules and regulations. Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed an order lifting the state ban on home alcohol delivery. This was a pragmatic move, yet that pragmatism hasn’t been extended to e-cigarettes, which are a viable option for smoking cessation.
  • Liberty in the Time of Coronavirus Part 2

    March 16, 2020
    Much of the money dedicated to medical research and services comes from the federal government. While some may see this is a good way to coordinate efforts on important health goals, libertarians have criticized this top-down influence for corrupting the reliability of research.
  • Liberty in the Time of Coronavirus Part 1

    March 16, 2020
    A recent headline at The Atlantic declared, “There are No Libertarians in an Epidemic.” But, just as there are atheists in foxholes, there are libertarians present in a crisis; it’s just that nobody listens to them. And because those in power tend to exploit the widespread fear that accompanies national emergencies, often in ways that infringe on civil liberties, an epidemic is exactly when libertarians are needed most.
  • Dangerously Inaccurate Reporting on Vaping-Linked Outbreak Persists

    January 27, 2020
    Coverage of the outbreak of illness linked to “vaping” has been handled poorly in general, but the New York Post's recent reporting is especially egregious. Not once does a recent article mention that illicit marijuana vapes—not nicotine e-cigarettes—are the products linked to the outbreak. That information might have been useful to residents who use these products and might want to know how they can best protect themselves against the “vaping linked” lung injuries.
  • CDC Confirms Black Markets, not "Vaping," Caused Outbreak

    January 16, 2020
    A new CDC report puts the final nail in the coffin of the idea that the spat of lung injuries that occurred beginning last summer were caused by “vaping.” The CDC admitted this week that the injuries appear to be exclusively linked to marijuana vapes—not nicotine e-cigarettes, most of which were purchased on the black market, a fact that CEI knew nearly six months ago. 
  • 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.

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