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In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Heartland Institute government relations coordinator Lindsey Stroud and National Center for Public Policy Research senior fellow Jeff Stier, to talk about the federal government’s misguided war on e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
Stier explains how recent e-cigarette regulations issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), a federal agency tasked with safeguarding public health, actually make the public’s health worse, by making it more difficult for people to quit smoking tobacco or use less harmful alternatives to tobacco.
Stier says a federal lawsuit, scheduled to begin in October, will challenge FDA’s regulations, and will also hopefully raise awareness among consumers about how the government’s overall war on consumer choice harms them, even if they do not use tobacco or e-cigarette themselves.