More on the silly and destructive ban on vaping

Dan our Man in DC on the harmful campaign against vaping and e-cigarettes.

As a fiscal policy wonk, I’ve come across depressing examples of counterproductive tax provisions (health benefits exclusion, ethanol credits) and spending programs (the entire HUD budget, OECD subsidies).

But the folks who work on regulatory policy may get exposed to the most inane government policies (Fannie-Freddie mandate, EEOC rulings).

For example, consider how the government is undermining public health by going after e-cigarettes.

Meanwhile in Australia…

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6 Responses to More on the silly and destructive ban on vaping

  1. a happy little debunker

    It has taken 2 years, but I think I have finally kicked smoking (35+ years in).

    If only there had been some available product that could act as an alternative, whilst not being as harmful….

  2. Entropy

    Regulatory wonks are the worst.
    Most are ideologues determined to shape the world they way they believe it should be.
    Unintended consequences? Moral hazards? High compliance costs?
    Why, some more Regs will fix those! Maybe even an army of public servants armed with clipboards to “help” you comply!
    Never, ever reflect that maybe the Reg could have created more problems than the issue did in the first place.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Total government revenue in Australia from tobacco and cigarettes, 2016:
    $11.3 billion
    Total government revenue in Australia if this was replaced by vaping:
    $0 billion (approx.)

    That is all you need to know.

  4. .

    The belief system behind the motivation Bruce outlined:

    “The government does not like competition…”

  5. Percy Popinjay

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2863073, posted on November 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Spot on. However, I see a lot of people walking around Sydney unrepentantly vaping away. If it is banned, the cops seem to be ignoring it.

  6. Mike

    Had my wife continued smoking,it would now have cost well over $100 p.w,quite apart from the inevitable disastrous health effect.
    Now after buying all the necessary gear and vaping juice,the cost per year wouldn’t be much more than $200.
    We tried my special mix of nicotine free juice and luckily she did not miss it ,so now she is happy to harmlessly puff away without it.
    Even so,whereas nicotine is addictive and any addiction is best avoided,it apparently isn’t a harmful substance.
    Most of the “expert reasons” for banning are ridiculous!

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