Nicotine Flavor Ban: A Lesson in Why a Bill Should Not Become a Law

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jeff Stier

“A basic tenet of regulatory policy can be drawn from the restrictions the Supreme Court has placed on laws affecting constitutional rights, which is that a rule must be specifically and narrowly tailored to achieve a compelling government interest. In the case of a proposed ban on flavors in nicotine pouches, the stated interest is to prevent youth use of a tobacco product. In that regard, it is quite compelling. But the rule is certainly not at all tailored to achieve that purpose. The ban would apply to all flavored products, not to minors who would purchases it. In fact, because these are legally considered to be tobacco products, it is already illegal to sell these products to anyone under 21 in New York, as well as the rest of the country.” (06/07/21)

https://blog.heartland.org/2021/06/nicotine-flavor-ban-a-lesson-in-why-a-bill-should-not-become-a-law/