Michael Schaus

God bless the Federal Government… What would we do without their warning labels, consumer restrictions, and retail regulations? Now the FDA has decided that e-cigarettes (ya know, those healthier alternatives to cancerous cigarette smoking) should be regulated the same way as tobacco. They’ve even adopted the “Pelosi” style of governance: We should regulate it before we study it.

Apparently, the FDA has no real clue about what – if any – health effects nicotine-water-vapor has on someone’s lungs… Which, according to the government, is why we need to start regulating the heck out of the industry. After all, why should companies exist when the Feds are there to keep economic growth at a sub-par level?

According to CNBC, the FDA wants to begin regulating e-cigarettes the same way traditional ‘coffin nails’ are regulated, because… Well… They can. Through a non-democratic process, the Fundamentally Dictatorial Administration (better known as the Food and Drug Administration) has decided that they are entitled to regulate e-cigs the same way as ‘cancer sticks’ because “they don’t yet” have any idea that said alternatives to Luckies, Camels, and Marlboros are bad for you.

Regulate it… Then investigate it.

NPR has even accused the e-cig industry of targeting children through their grape, cherry and candy flavored “vapors”… Which has added to the FDA’s argument for increased regulation of a booming industry. (So far, no one has accused the marijuana industry of targeting children through their edible brownies and rice-crispy treats. Although I have accused them of trying to win over Chris Christie.)

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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