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The American Cancer Society Changes Their Position on E-Cigarettes (Guest: Christopher Snowden)

March 13, 2018

The American Cancer Society has altered their position on e-cigarettes from condoning them to viewing them as a boon for public health.

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, joins Heartland Institute Research Fellow Jesse Hathaway to discuss how the American Cancer Society’s new policy on e-cigarettes will affect public health policy.

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) board of directors issued a new position statement on e-cigarettes in February, stating that e-cigarette use “is less harmful than smoking cigarettes” and recommending “clinicians support all attempts to quit the use of combustible tobacco and work with smokers to eventually stop using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes.”

Calling himself an “accidental ex-smoker,” Snowdon says e-cigarettes are an important tool for doctors and patients wishing to kick the habit. Hathaway and Snowdon talk about the importance of making evidence-based public policy, discussing how some lawmakers’ unscientific biases are causing more harm than the good they claim to represent.

Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH