PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Experts React to Proposed E-Cigarette Flavor Ban
“President Trump’s recent proposal to ban flavored electronic cigarettes and vaping devices is an affront to tobacco harm reduction and would lead former smokers back to combustible cigarettes.”
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (September 12, 2019) – Yesterday, the Trump administration proposed a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarettes. This comes in the wake of several hospitalizations and deaths reportedly linked to vaping, likely due to liquid with THC and those produced in the black market. Some vaping critics also claim flavors, other than tobacco flavor, are produced to appeal to children in an attempt to get them to vape.
The following statements from Lindsey Stroud, vaping expert and State Government Relations Manager at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. Stroud is the author of a new Heartland publication titled “Tobacco Harm Reducation 101: A Guidebook for Policymakers.”
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“President Trump’s recent proposal to ban flavored electronic cigarettes and vaping devices is an affront to tobacco harm reduction and would lead former smokers back to combustible cigarettes. This is simply reactionary policy based on early reports. Rather than imposing bans, the federal government should make access to e-cigarettes easier for adults, and divert tobacco moneys from settlement payments and taxes to education and tobacco control programs.
“Unfortunately, this decision will lead to former smokers returning to combustible tobacco products which are far more harmful than e-cigarettes.”
Heartland recommends this video about vaping by our friends at the Federalist Society.