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  • How Could We Have Known: Prohibiting E-cigarettes Leads to Smuggling and Smoking

    October 21, 2020
    Anyone with a passing knowledge of American history is aware of the failures of prohibition. Both the now-repealed ban on alcohol and the ongoing “war on drugs” did little to reduce demand for substances, instead pushing people toward more dangerous behaviors, fueling illicit markets and drug cartels, and putting otherwise law-abiding citizens in conflict (sometimes fatal) with law enforcement.
  • New Junk Food Ordinance: Another “Feel Good” California Law that Does No Good 

    September 29, 2020
    One might think local California lawmakers would have their hands full trying to figure out how to improve citizens’ lives. But in Berkeley, they’re more concerned about how residents purchase their snacks than the fact that their city is the worst in the country for first-time home buyers and poverty is at nearly 70 percent in some areas. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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