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Bans on substances that people want can have unintended consequences

“In almost every respect imaginable, Prohibition was a failure,” writes Daniel Okrent in Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. The war on drugs has, if anything, been worse.

Why, then, do people want to ban e-cigarettes? Or flavored e-cigarettes? Have anti-tobacco warriors like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Truth Initiative and their political allies forgotten history?

My latest story for Medium looks a new research that points to a path forward for e-cigarettes that, at least in theory, could satisfy all but the most uncompromising voices on both sides of the great vape debate. Increasingly, evidence shows that it’s possible to make it harder for young people to vape, while preserving access to e-cigarettes for smokers who use them to quit.

You can read the story here.

One thought on “The new prohibitionists

  1. Sarah Gunther says:

    great title and article! sex work could follow! xoxox

    On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 11:29 AM Nonprofit Chronicles wrote:

    > Marc Gunther posted: ” Bans on substances that people want can have > unintended consequences “In almost every respect imaginable, Prohibition > was a failure,” writes Daniel Okrent in Last Call: The Rise and Fall of > Prohibition. The war on drugs has, if anything, been worse. ” >

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