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The President's Promise to Cut FDA Red Tape
A Moment of Truth

August 18, 2018  •  Daily Caller

Technological advances touch every aspect of our lives, often in ways we rarely think about. Today, we live longer, healthier, and better lives because of our access to innovative products that were unimaginable in the recent past.

That's why it's critical for regulators to make timely and common-sense decisions. Yet excessive risk-aversion is endemic at federal agencies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the worst offenders. The agency regulates products that account for more than a trillion dollars annually. The FDA's obsessive dislike for taking on reasonable risk often comes at the cost of creating unreasonable harm. But the agency is rarely held to account for its inaction.

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FDA's Anti-Smoking Strategy Puts Lives At Risk
FDA Tobacco Plan: Year One Status Report

July 26, 2018  •  Real Clear Health

By Jeff Stier
July 26, 2018

July 28th marks the one year anniversary of the FDA's landmark announcement to embark on what it called a "new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation" that "places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency's tobacco regulation efforts."

When rolling out the multi-year plan, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that "the overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes." Never was a more obvious statement more necessary, given the recent media hysteria over e-cigarettes.

The agency unveiled a two-pronged approach to reduce smoking.

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Submission to the FDA: Flavor Bans on Less Harmful Products

July 20, 2018  •  Submission to FDA

To: Food and Drug Administration:

Agency/Docket Number: Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6565

RIN: 0910-AH60

From: Jeff Stier, Senior Fellow

Consumer Choice Center

Date: July 17, 2018

This document is in response to the FDA's request for comments, data, research results, or other information about, among other things, how flavors attract youth to initiate tobacco product use and about whether and how certain flavors may help adult cigarette smokers reduce cigarette use and switch to potentially less harmful products.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Ban
A New York City ban on styrofoam for food service is a costly and wasteful way to soothe wealthy liberals' consciences.

July 17, 2018  •  National Review

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Ban

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's going to implement his styrofoam ban starting on January 1, 2019, now that a court has ruled that the diktat was not "arbitrary and capricious." Although the legal ruling was sound, the policy isn't. It's a job-killing, working-class-punishing, environmentally unnecessary scam. And it may be coming to your town next.

Remember when nanny-staters tried to mandate the recycling of almost everything, warning that if we didn't, we'd fill up landfills and destroy the oceans? Oh, how the tide has turned.

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USDA Moves to End Rent-Seeking in Poultry Industry

July 11, 2018  •  American Greatness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in December ruffled a few feathers by withdrawing a regulation published on the final full day of the Obama Administration that would have created new requirements for producers of "organic" eggs and poultry.

Called the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule, it would have, among other things, specified that to boast the coveted "USDA Organic" seal, animals would need to be raised with certain minimum amounts of space, light, and access to the outdoors.

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