Responding to reports of dozens of people nationwide getting seriously sick or dying from illnesses connected to vaping, New York City has banned the sale of flavored-nicotine vaping products. Ostensibly, this action will keep more young people from adopting the habit–but the city may have rushed to judgment, because the science behind its legislation is incomplete. Vaping appears to help people quit smoking, and New York’s hasty action may wind up doing more harm than good.
The Facts You Need to Know
THC: The FDA has concluded that recent vaping-related deaths were entirely connected with black-market marijuana vaping. Read more.
Butt: The emergence of vaping as a cigarette alternative has resulted in lower rates of young people smoking. Read more.
Quit: Vaping appears to be more successful than any other means of weaning people off cigarettes. Read more.
“You’d think that progressive activists and journalists would be cheering the small company whose life-saving product has become an existential threat to Big Tobacco.”
The Past is Present
“Having failed to take a lesson on the failures of excessive regulation from Chicago, California will likely learn from the Windy City’s example of repealing a law rather than seeing it so widely flouted.”
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