ONE AREA of rampant regulatory abuse the Trump Administration should attack is the war against e-cigarettes.
By Steve Forbes | February 28th, 2017
“Vaping” has been a godsend for people who are trying to quit smoking. It gives users the kick from nicotine without inhaling all the tars and other substances that make smoking cigarettes so lethal. Yet a perverse mind-set reigns among health regulators and fanatical anti-smoking crusaders: Against all honest scientific evidence, they equate vaping with lighting up actual cigarettes. They claim, with no credible justification, that e-cigarettes are a gateway to the real thing.
In August 2016, the FDA issued a rule severely hampering the continued improvement in vaping devices. It decreed that all devices made after February 2007 would now be subject to regulatory approval, adding huge costs and inhibiting innovation. The products of a decade ago were vastly inferior to those on the market today.
While the Trump rule-liberators are at it, they should also push for the elimination of two other regulations. One concerns the making of boutique or premium cigars by small manufacturers. The effect of this ruling enormously increases costs for these micro-cigarmakers by subjecting them to a wholly unnecessary approval process for new blends.
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