Yesterday from the Oval Office, Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a national ban on flavored e-cigarette products.
The intention of the ban is to curb underage vaping of nicotine; however, underage vaping is already illegal.
Libertarians know that individuals own their bodies and a ban on vaping is an egregious government overreach. Our platform plank on self-ownership states “Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.”
This new industry has created new small businesses all over the country and helped countless individuals quit smoking cigarettes. A British study from January found that “e-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy.”
What do Libertarians think of the vaping ban announcement? We gathered a few of their responses below:
Libertarians believe that it is immoral for the government to dictate which substances a person is permitted to consume. These decisions belong to individual people, not the government.
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