Menthol Bans Will Spell Financial Hit to State Coffers

Back in March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was planning “to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in cigars.” The proposal is rooted in the agency’s desire to “significantly reduce disease and death from the use of combusted tobacco products, the leading […]

ACI Files Comments with the FDA Regarding a Proposed Tobacco Standard That Would Prohibit Menthol Products

Dear Sir or Madam, My name is Edward Longe, and I am a Policy Manager at the American Consumer Institute. The American Consumer Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization with the mission to identify, analyze, and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings. We share the […]

Inside Sources: Why Taxing E-Cigarettes Is Backfiring for States and Consumers

States, like Massachusetts, continue to levy high taxes on vaping and e-cigarette products, even though these alternatives to smoking tobacco are 95% safer. Smoking kills. This is a matter of life and death for the 13.4 percent of adults and 5 percent of teens in Massachusetts who currently smoke. Because 9,300 die each year of tobacco-related illnesses, and many […]

Should Maine Crack Down on Vaping? A Look at the Facts

Local jurisdictions in Maine are moving quickly to restrict access to e-cigarettes. Portland and Bangor have approved bans on flavored tobacco products, with Brunswick poised to follow suit. Now the focus is shifting to the Maine Legislature, where policymakers have introduced a flurry of bills to prohibit the sale of flavored e-tobacco products or ban […]

Real Clear Health: Taxes and Regulations on Vape Products Hurt Consumer Choice, Cost Lives

Why would policymakers ignore the overwhelming empirical evidence? Why would policymakers impose taxes that would deter cigarette smokers from switching to safer alternatives? Why would they seem policies that could jeopardize the lives of millions of Americans? Putting American lives at risk is exactly the outcome to expect when onerous government regulations, restrictions, bans and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coalition Group Calls on U.S. to Provide International Leadership on Tobacco Harm Reduction

Next Month, a U.S. delegation will participate in the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Today, ACI joined a coalition of groups calling on the U.S. delegation to provide leadership on tobacco harm reduction. In the letter, the coalition encourages the U.S. […]

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 […]

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 […]