E-Cigarette Regulation Is Hurting, Not Helping, Society – The Daily Caller

Every so often, a burst of technology can change society’s trajectory in major ways. Airplanes have shrunk world travel to less than 24 hours. Cellphones have freed us from landlines. We are now faced with a disruption that could dramatically change the way we use nicotine and improve the country’s health, except many lawmakers won’t let us.

Without the deadly tar and other products of combustion found in tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes are growing in popularity as a way to transition off combustible cigarettes. While e-cigarettes are not totally safe or healthful, they are far less harmful than cigarettes. Public Health England estimates that electronic cigarettes are no less than 95 percent safer than combustible cigarettes and both Public Health England and the Office of the Surgeon General report that e-cigarettes have a similar risk profile to other nicotine replacements, such as the patch and nicotine gum.

Much like the difference between the first cellphones that were about the size of a loaf of bread and cost nearly $4,000, current ones that you can lose in your pocket and are more affordable than landlines, e-cigarettes have gone through a similar evolution. When they were introduced in 2007, they were more of a novelty without any real potential to help people quit. Those original e-cigarettes had only about half the nicotine of combustible cigarettes and cost about as much. They also didn’t offer much in the way of customization, including a fairly limited palate of potential flavors.

In recent years, however, the quality and availability both have improved to the point that e-cigarettes are now attractive substitutes and often a first option for people looking to quit smoking. Because of this paradigm shift, e-cigarettes have potential to displace combustible cigarettes from the marketplace. In fact, in 2016, André Calantzopoulos, CEO of the

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