New ACI Report Highlights the Dangers of Overregulating E-Cigarette and Vaping Products

Washington D.C., January 14, 2022 — Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a report, co-authored by Steve Pociask and Liam Sigaud entitled “How Regulations Endanger the Public Health: A Review of the Evidence on E-Cigarette Risks and Benefits, and Policy Missteps.” With some lawmakers looking to impose restrictions, bans, and excessive taxes on these […]

Washington Times: Congress Pushes for Tobacco Death and Taxes

Electronic cigarettes have been the single greatest advancement in tobacco harm reduction since scientists proved a link between smoking and cancer in the 1960s. While the use of electronic cigarettes is not without risk, studies have shown that they are far healthier than combustible products. Georgetown University Medical Center recently estimated that replacing combustible cigarettes […]

Maine Wire: Push to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products Undermines Public Health

On November 9, the Portland City Council’s Safety Committee voted to approve a sweeping ban on the sale of all flavored tobacco products. The full City Council is expected to take up the measure in the coming weeks. If adopted, Portland’s ordinance would make it the latest in a string of Maine jurisdictions — including Bangor and […]

Town Hall: Slamming Vaping Products with Taxes Is Regressive and Counterproductive to Public Health

In an effort to find new ways to pay for the proposed $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” package, the House Democrats added a “nicotine tax” on tobacco products including e-cigarettes in their latest 2,135-page version of the bill. Unfortunately, there is nothing innovative about this amendment. There have been multiple attempts at federal and state levels in […]

Flawed Study Underpins Electronic Cigarette Discourse

Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths in the United States each year, including more than 41,000 fatalities from secondhand smoke. These numbers translate to roughly one in every five deaths per year, or 1,300 Americans dying every day. One proven method to cut smoking and enhance health outcomes is the use of electronic cigarettes. Unfortunately, federal and […]

The Current State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Policy- with Chelsea Boyd

While Congress banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21, several states across the U.S. have implemented and considered various bans on flavored vaping products and e-cigarettes. What is the impact of these regulatory and legislative actions on the overall public health?  In this episode, R Street Institute’s research fellow, Chelsea Boyd, shares […]

E-Cigarette Taxes Keep Smokers Smoking

The Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021 (TTEA) was introduced at the end of April in both Houses of Congress by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL).Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-D-08). If passed, the bill would establish new tax rates on both e-cigarette and tobacco products potentially causing an increase in the smoking […]

Inside Sources: Lawmakers Want the FDA to Remove Vaping Products From the Market Again

House Democrats have asked acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Janet Woodcock to remove all vaping products from the market during an ongoing product approval process, despite evidence showing millions of Americans have used these alternatives to stop smoking traditional cigarettes. However, multiple studies have found that long-term smokers who give up traditional combustible […]

Preemptions on E-Cigarettes Improve Consumer Health

This January, South Carolina became the most recent state to propose imposing preemptive legislation that would prohibit local municipalities from enforcing flavor bans and restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes. The proposal to introduce a preemption on electronic cigarettes products came after the Myrtle Beach city council banned the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes along […]

Real Clear Health: Policymakers –Stop Ignoring the Science on Vapes

When it comes to the use of e-cigarettes, the science is clear: they are not only safer, but they also help people quit. Instead of creating a regulatory environment that de-incentivizes their use, policymakers should follow the science and encourage smokers to use a product that not only improves long-term health outcomes, but also encourages […]