According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), which monitors health-related behaviors that cause death among youth, San Francisco’s ban on flavored tobacco products was associated with increased smoking among high school students. On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, a divided District of Columbia (DC) Council followed San Francisco’s lead and passed a bill prohibiting […]
As the coronavirus continues to spread, states are taking drastic measures to curb its spread, such as shutting down all non-essential businesses. While slowing this pandemic is vital, some states might be closing the wrong types of stores. Colorado, for instance, closed all vape shops, while leaving cigarettes sold at convenience stores completely untouched. As […]
The legislature recently banned all flavored e-cigarettes in the state while also instituting a 75 percent excise tax on the product — the highest in the nation. While the law was passed under the guise of protecting teen health, the only thing it has accomplished is making e-cigarettes more dangerous. You can read this op-ed […]
Over 480,000 people annually lose their lives due to cigarettes, while 34 million Americans smoke every year. As the new commission at the FDA, it is his responsibility to ensure the public has access to products that reduce harm and promote health. E-cigarettes are an essential product that have already saved lives and continue to help […]
With the rise of vaping has also come the fear of vaping. Yet despite all the progress of decade-low smoking rates among adults, teens and children have been used as the “Trojan Horse” to feed a non-evidence based hysteria. You can read why at Townhall.
Public health officials should thoroughly investigate the roots of the recent surge in respiratory illnesses. But before pinning the blame on legitimate e-cigarette manufacturers—and before banning their products—lawmakers should examine how their own heavy-handed approach to overtaxing and overregulating has encouraged consumers to develop dangerous homemade concoctions and buy unregulated counterfeits from the black market […]
Public health advocates should give consumers the facts about e-cigarettes. By equating the health risks of e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes and failing to acknowledge the different relative risks of these products, authority figures are doing a disservice to the millions of smokers who may be seeking a safer alternative but are misled into believing there […]
Despite academic research showing e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes, lawmakers and public health “advocates” continue to wage a war on vaping, pushing for higher taxes on e-cigarettes throughout the U.S. If policymakers are serious about curbing the high economic and human cost of smoking, they should not enact high taxes on […]