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Bill Godshall: Government intervention in tobacco and e-cigarette products

January 23, 2017

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) decades-long efforts to squash tobacco and e-cigarette products.

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, Heartland Institute research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by Heartland’s government relations coordinator and self-described “vaping vixen” Lindsey Stroud, as they talk with Smokeless Pennsylvania founder Bill Godshall about the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) decades-long efforts to squash tobacco and e-cigarette products.

Godshall, a long-time tobacco control and e-cigarette policy activist, explains how FDA has used regulatory power to engage in prohibition—instead of mere regulation—and how prohibitionist efforts harm consumers in the name of helping them.

Government intervention, however well-intentioned, has unforeseen consequences, he says. These unintentional effects include the creation of black markets and reduced use of less harmful substitute goods, such as e-cigarettes.
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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.
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