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Vape Fear
City To Smokers Who Want To Quit: DROP DEAD

August 11, 2017  •  New York Post

The biggest loser of the City Council's crackdown on e-cigarettes this week? New Yorkers' health.

On Aug. 9, the council voted to slash the number of vape shops allowed to operate and to ban new stores from opening. It'll be devastating to small-business owners seeking to compete legally with big tobacco.

Worse, by drastically ratcheting down the number of vape shops in the city, smokers will have fewer places to buy their favored alternative to cigarettes. Sure, they could still buy online, but they'd be missing out on individualized guidance on which products will give them the best chance at quitting.

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New FDA Tobacco Proposal Embraces Harm Reduction
Exploration of Nicotine Reduction in Cigarettes Part of Sweeping Change in Federal Attitude Toward Lower-Risk Nicotine Products

July 30, 2017  •  National Center for Public Policy Research

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New York, NY / Washington, D.C. - In a move aimed at significantly reducing the harm from tobacco use for generations to come, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a major policy shift today that embraces tobacco harm reduction.

The National Center for Public Policy Research applauds this bold change.

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Is $13.7 Billion a Good Price for Whole Foods?
The brilliant online behemoth absorbs a sometimes careless and deceptive grocery chain.

June 30, 2017  •  National Review

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross called Amazon's recent $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods a "clever move" because it marries Amazon's marketing and distribution expertise with a "high-quality, niche retailer." One suspects that perhaps Secretary Ross, a 79-year-old billionaire investor and art collector, doesn't do a lot of grocery shopping.

More to the point, as to the "high quality" of Whole Foods' operation and reputation, he might wish to check with his government colleagues at the FDA and Department of Justice, because Whole Foods' violations of state and federal law have been escalating: They've gone from defrauding their customers in various ways to adopting food-preparation practices that actually endanger them.

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Senate misstep will cost jobs and energy

June 22, 2017  •  The Detroit News

The Senate just failed to roll back an Obama-era regulation that will discourage energy production, cost millions of dollars and kill thousands of American jobs.

The rule, issued in the 11th hour of the Obama presidency by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), was designed to limit already decreasing methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells on federal lands. The Republican-led Senate was expected to kill the regulation before it had a chance to take effect. But instead, three Republicans broke with their party to keep the rule in place.

That move was shocking. Although some speculated Sen. John McCain's surprise break from his party was to retaliate for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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Stop Funding WHO Until It Cleans Up Its Act
Subhead: U.S. taxpayer funding of scandal-plagued World Health Organization needs strings attached

June 14, 2017  •  National Review

The World Health Organization (WHO), the troubled United Nations (UN) health agency, has just elected a controversial new director-general. The choice should disturb taxpayers, members of Congress, and the Trump administration.

We'll soon hear condemnation of the administration's plan for steep cuts in funding of international organizations, as proposed by the White House's budget blueprint. Cuts to WHO will draw dire warnings about global pandemics and cries for America to do more.

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