Testimony: Rhode Island e-cigarette prohibition could create unintended consequences

In Politics by Michael Rae

A version of this testimony was submitted to the Rhode Island House Committee on Health and Human Services on April 5, 2022.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to submit testimony on House Bill 7870. 

My name is Guy Bentley, and I am the director of consumer freedom at the Reason Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit think tank. The consumer freedom project analyzes and promotes policy solutions that improve public health while avoiding unintended consequences and protecting consumer choice.

The intention behind this bill to limit tobacco use, especially among youth, is to be applauded. However, the evidence of the success of

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