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 […]

The Teen Vaping Smokescreen

Over the past few years, lawmakers from city halls to the U.S. Congress have pushed for more stringent regulations on electronic cigarettes and vaping products because they are falling into the hands of minors and have caused a vaping epidemic. For example, when testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Economic […]

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 […]