The New Prohibition

Source: Quillette
by Ronald W Dworkin

“Nicotine — once inhaled only through smoking, but now available in safer form through vaping — has thrown a monkey wrench into our understanding of what constitutes an addiction worth policing. When confined to adults, nicotine is less harmful than opioid or alcohol abuse, shopping to the point of bankruptcy, or golfing to the point of divorce. Yet government regulators spend an inordinate amount of time trying to regulate nicotine, while public health authorities hold sway on the issue by spreading anxiety among the public and arousing a consciousness of guilt. If vaping nicotine sits on the safer end of the addiction spectrum, why does government pay so much attention to it?” (07/25/22)