• FDA Kills Smokers

      My column this week gives one more example of how well-intended regulation often hurts more Americans than it helps.

      How can I say the FDA threatens smokers? What other conclusion can we draw when we consider that the FDA now talks about banning electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. It sent threatening letters to manufacturers of the product.

      The FDA is worried about e-cigarettes because they may be toxic.

      But most everything 'may' be toxic... Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, concluded in the Harm Reduction Journal that the FDA results 'are highly unlikely to have any possible significance to users" because it detected chemicals at "about 1 million times lower concentrations than are conceivably related to human health.'

      E-cigarettes are an alternative to real cigarettes that can save lives.

      True, the cigarette substitutes are basically nicotine-delivery devices. But so what? Britain's Royal College of Physicians found that 'if nicotine could be provided in a form that is acceptable and effective as a cigarette substitute, millions of lives could be saved.'

      The American Association of Public Health Physicians wrote that e-cigarettes might 'save the lives of 4 million of the 8 million current adult American smokers.'

      You can read the rest of my column here.

      Unintended Consequences