California Undermines Public Health by Treating E-Cigarettes Like the Real Thing

Classifying vaping devices as tobacco products will deter smokers from making a switch that could save their lives.


Office of Mark Leno

E-cigarettes, a.k.a. electronic nicotine delivery systems, do not contain tobacco and do not burn anything. A new California law neverthless describes them as "tobacco products." As I explain in my latest Forbes column, this misclassification undermines public health by deterring smokers from switching to a much less dangerous habit:

On May 4, the day before the Food and Drug Administration officially classified e-cigarettes as "tobacco products," California did the same thing. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SBX2 5, which expands the definition of tobacco product under several statutes to include "an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device." Among other things, the change means that vaping will be banned everywhere that smoking is prohibited and, since another bill signed by Brown raises the age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21, adults younger than 21 will no longer be allowed to buy e-cigarettes.

California's policy shift is not as consequential as the onerous FDA regulations unveiled the next day, which will shut down thousands of e-cigarette and e-liquid businesses. But it is equally misguided, and the arguments used by its supporters show that the people driving policy in this area are either remarkably clueless or brazenly dishonest. Mark Leno, the state senator who introduced SBX2 5, might be both.

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  1. Your fact don’t matter in the People’s Democratic Republic of North Mexico.

  2. California Uber alles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoA_zY6tqQw

    I’m just gonna leave that here and walk away for for a few minutes.

  3. Face it, Sullum: You lost in California, and you’re never getting it back. America’s Greece(tm) is proof positive that civil progressivism cannot happen without economic progressivism, *especially* in population dense state with such a large geographical area.

    The most you are doing now is nibbling the edges of a wax doughnut in a vain attempt for sustenance..

    1. If CA is America’s Greece, what is Puerto Rico?

      1. America’s Herpes(tm), which recently got a dose of Fiscal Valtrex.

  4. Fuck off, slavers. Vaping saved my life you sadistic murderous fucks, now you want to screw it up. Go jump in a woodchipper you jack booted thugs.

  5. So it’s a means of delivering nicotine even if it contains no nicotine. And it’s a tobacco product just because it’s to be inhaled from?like scented candles, only w/o fire or smoke. Actually, come to think of it, wouldn’t this apply to those scented oil devices made to make rooms smell better?

  6. “Whether you get people hooked on e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes, it’s nicotine addiction and it kills,” Leno told Reuters last year. “We’re going to see hundreds of thousands of family members and friends die from e-cigarette use, just like we did from traditional tobacco use.”
    I feel like I’m living in bizarro world. Once again, There is no evidence that nicotine is addictive. It is not a narcotic. It does not cause cancer. It does not cause emphysema. It does not cause heart disease. If you eat a potato, tomato or eggplant you will test positive for nicotine. It’s effects are mild, pleasant and beneficial. It is believed to help prevent old age dementia.
    I’m running out of ways to express my contempt for these evil people. Thank you Jacob, Reason and Forbes for staying on this issue.

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