Why Are American Legislatures Supporting The Cigarette Trade?

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New research published in the scientific journal Value in Health this month has further confirmed that anti-vaping statutes being implemented in some states are helping to increase cigarette sales.

This new research confirms earlier studies and shows that any move to implement anti-vaping legislation is irresponsible policymaking.

Using state-level cigarette sales data, the authors found that a full ban on nicotine vaping products in Massachusetts led to 7.5% higher-than-expected per capita cigarette sales. In Rhode Island and Washington, where vaping flavors apart from tobacco were completely banned, there was an average 4.6% higher-than-expected per capita cigarette sales. Based on these data, the conclusion was that an additional 3.4 million cigarette packs were needlessly sold across the three states during the three-month study period in 2019.

Yet, despite this, there has been a flurry of bills in early 2022 from lawmakers in numerous states which (although stopping short of a total ban on vapes as happened in Massachusetts) routinely aim to implement the same bans on flavors as were put in place in Rhode Island and Washington.

Read full article here.

Martin Cullip – IssuesInsights – 2022-04-22.

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