State’s latest tobacco “protections” are trying to kill us

Source: Orange County Register
by Steven Greenhut

“From a policy standpoint, the government can embrace one of two public-health approaches in all areas — Prohibition or harm reduction. The former got a bad rap from 1920 to 1933, when the feds embraced an insane policy — pushed by religious zealots and progressive up-lifters — that tried to force Americans to give up booze. The latter has become popular in the context of prostitution and drug use, which still are subject to government prohibitions. … In 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 793, which imposes a ban on the sale of flavored-tobacco products. … Unless voters overturn that rule in a referendum in November, California’s smokers will no longer be free to buy reduced harm products — but can still buy the most dangerous ones. It’s like the government allowing me to ride a motorcycle but forbidding me from wearing a helmet.” (04/29/22)