Testimony: Arizona should examine the negative impacts that additional nicotine and licensing regulation would bring

In Politics by Michael Rae

The following testimony was given by Reason Foundation to the Arizona Senate Appropriations Committee.

Chairman David Gowan and members of the committee, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to submit testimony on Senate Bill 1245.  My name is Guy Bentley, and I’m the director of consumer freedom at Reason Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit think tank. Reason’s consumer freedom project analyzes and promotes policy solutions that improve public health while avoiding unintended consequences and protecting consumer choice.

The intention behind Senate Bill 1245 to limit tobacco use, especially among youth, is to be applauded. The principle of local control is crucial for

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