Predictably, Acela-corridor reporters are lashing out at President Trump for correctly hitting the pause button on a federal ban on flavored vaping products. These reporters should note the New York Times editorial board is rightly opposed to a ban.
In an editorial titled Banning E-Cigarettes Could Do More Harm Than Good, the New York Times writes:
“But prohibition is not a good long-term solution, for a number of reasons. Such measures are not guaranteed to prevent teenagers from getting e-cigarettes. And they would almost certainly force people who already use these products, including roughly 11 million adults, to choose between traditional cigarettes (which remain widely available, despite being deadlier than e-cigarettes) and black-market vaping products.
Because these black market products are a leading suspect in the lung-injury outbreak, product bans are more likely to exacerbate this crisis than to mitigate it.”
As Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist noted on Twitter:
For the second time in 50 years the New York Times pens a sensible editorial.
They point out that banning flavors in vaping would lead to American adults returning to tobacco, would not protect kids and would grow a black market already injuring health. https://t.co/X3cgorIYYE
— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) November 13, 2019