Tag: Red tape

The FDA’s Looming Regulatory Onslaught Threatens the Freedom to Vape

 

shutterstock_299809835Americans who are trying to kick their nasty smoking habit have found healthier alternatives in e-cigarettes and vapor products that could, quite literally, save their lives. But the bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration are trying to put this $3.5 billion industry out of business.

Small mom-and-pop shops have sprung up across the country to meet the growing demand for vapor products, which allow users to refill their vaporizers with their favorite e-juices. Separately, big tobacco companies have invested in non-refillable e-cigarettes.

Though these products are not always tobacco-free; there’s no ash or smoke involved. But they do contain nicotine, which users can gradually reduce if they choose. E-cigarettes and vapor products contain far fewer chemicals and carcinogens than traditional tobacco cigarettes, making them safer for the users, as well as those around them. “[T]he levels of potentially problematic substances in e-cigarette aerosol,” Reason’s Jacob Sullum wrote in March, “are about the same as those detected in ambient air.”

Laissez-faire SCUBA (Part 3): Coming Up for Air

 

You can read Part 1 of the Laissez-faire SCUBA series here and Part 2 here.

shutterstock_226671082We’ve already seen how SCUBA diving developed an astonishing record of safety and success free of governmental involvement. But what if government had regulated the industry from the beginning? Let’s contrast it with one where the government took on the role of safety guarantor: the recreational aircraft industry.

Laissez-faire SCUBA (Part 1): How an Unregulated Industry Triumphed

 
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Mrs. Hanson says “Free Markets are OK!”

We’ve all been told why government safety regulations are necessary. Why, without an active government inspecting and approving products and manufacturing methods, consumers will be helpless against the rapacious greed of capitalists. Without government oversight, capitalism results in a “race to the bottom” with manufacturers cutting corners and skimping on quality to protect their profits.

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We’ve all been told why government safety regulations are necessary. Why, without an active government inspecting and approving products and manufacturing methods, consumers will be helpless against the rapacious greed of capitalists. Without government oversight, capitalism results in a “race to the bottom” with manufacturers cutting corners and skimping on quality to protect their profits. […]

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Federal Regs Cost More Than $2 Trillion a Year

 

We often complain of red tape in the abstract — an amorphous pile of rules and regulations Washington, D.C. imposes on the rest of us. But every one of those rules is written into the Code of Federal Regulations.

The CFR is a compendium of every rule and reg ever concocted by the federal government, from soup (9 CFR 319.720) to nuts (21 CFR 164.110). Some are no doubt essential, most are probably well-intentioned, and untold numbers are sops to powerful interests with well-paid lobbyists.