ACI Joins a Coalition Opposing the DC Ban on Flavored Vaping

June 28, 2021The Council of the District of ColumbiaJohn A. Wilson Building1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20004 Dear Chairman Mendelson and Councilmembers: The undersigned civil rights, civil liberties, and free market organizations write to express our deep concerns regarding the Flavored Tobacco Product Prohibition Amendment Act of 2021 (B24-0020). Currently under consideration by the City […]

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 […]

Illicit Tobacco Trade Networks Could Be Contributing To Ongoing Pandemic PPE Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a dramatic increase in counterfeit products and fraudulent retail transactions across the globe. In business-to-business markets, employers are getting scammed by fraudsters who successfully peddle counterfeit PPE equipment and face masks. Entire hospitals and medical facilities were duped into purchasing sub-par PPE, among other similar scenarios that impact consumers of […]

ACI on USPS’ Proposal to Restrict the Mailing of E-Cigarettes

Today, ACI filed comments with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in regard to a proposed prohibition on the mailing of vaping and e-cigarette products. In the filing, ACI pointed to the fact that, compared to tobacco products, the rule would deny consumers access to less harmful products — products that have been shown to […]

ACI Submits Testimony Regarding Maryland’s House Bill-134

Today, ACI filed testimony on a Maryland House bill that proposes severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products. In our testimony, we find that HB-134, if enacted, would significantly harm consumer welfare and lead to avoidable negative health outcomes. The provisions in this legislation would be particularly harmful to Maryland’s consumers because […]

ACI Files Testimony With the Maryland Senate

In ACI’s filed testimony today, we cite medical studies showing that vaping is 95% safer than combustible products and effective in weening smokers away from harmful combustible tobacco products. Yet, two Senate proposals attempt to restrict its access, classify vaping and tobacco products the same, and ban flavors that have been shown to help smoker […]