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Moves are being made to ban vaping

It looks more and more likely that a vaping ban is on the horizon.

There seems to be a ground swell of support in the federal government for the banning of vaping and its associated products. While there has been a recent spotlight on vaping related illnesses, it does make sense that there would be those who oppose it under the guise of a “public health crisis”. But is this really something the federal government should get involved in?

Rich Lowery, National Review editor and contributor to Politico Magazine, wrote:

Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude.

Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes.

There has already been steps towards a full-scale ban of vaping. Just last week, the FDA banned the sale of flavored cigarettes, ostensibly to keep cigarettes from being attractive to children. San Francisco halted the sale of vaping products within city limits.

I don’t believe that there are many people alive who don’t know that cigarette use is horrible for the human body. It is pounded into the head of most everyone and yet cigarette use has not been extinguished.

Vaping has been a much less dangerous substitute to cigarettes. Is the government under the illusion that removing a healthier alternative is the best choice here?

To be fair, vaping probably hasn’t been around long enough to establish health effect baselines like there is with cigarettes. But it is hard to argue that it hasn’t, at the very least, reduced the number of smokers and by extension, the number of individuals succumbing to lung related diseases. As Lowery points out:

A credible estimate is that e-cigarettes, which involve inhaling a nicotine-infused vapor rather than smoke, are about 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes.

And at this point, it isn’t even clear that normal use vaping is behind the problems seen recently.

I believe that if there is enough concern at the local and state levels, they are more than welcome to ban vaping in those areas. But to have the federal government swoop in and ban it countrywide seems a bit crazy. We don’t need a nanny state ensuring that everyone makes the right decisions.

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