Efforts to Combat E-Cigarette Misuse Could Backfire

Recent news about e-cigarette misuse has fueled both public misperception and policy responses that are likely to have unintended consequences. As the US vaping market continues to evolve, policymakers face the tricky challenge of safeguarding the potential for positive public health outcomes from e-cigarettes, which offer a lower-risk alternative to traditional cigarettes, while ensuring reasonable protections against youth use.

Hey World: Do Not Ban E-Cigarettes

There is a hot debate in many countries over youth use of e-cigarettes, electronic devices that deliver nicotine to consumers without the deadly tar found in the smoke from traditional cigarettes. Although nicotine is not a carcinogen, it is still bad for developing brains and should not be used by young adults or pregnant women. At the same time, e-cigarettes offer real advantages over traditional tobacco products for smokers who are otherwise unable to quit.

Biologics are Not Natural Monopolies

Recently, several physicians and health policy analysts took to the Health Affairs blog to propose what was, to anyone who has been following biosimilars for the last decade or more, a surprising and concerning idea: that biosimilars should be abandoned.

Costs of the Green New Deal

With the government reopened (at least for now), Speaker Nancy Pelosi is poised to begin advancing her party’s policy agenda. High on the list will be the loosely-defined Green New Deal, a federal spending program that will cost $2 trillion, $5.7 trillion, or more, and move the electric power sector to complete reliance on renewable energy sources.