COMMENT: Scrapping EU vaping laws would improve health and boost the economy

The following article of mine was published on Brexit Central on Sunday 23 July 2017.

The e-cigarette market was, until recently, perhaps the closest thing we had to a genuine free market. A relative lack of regulation, compared to what it is now, allowed the market to innovate in ways we seldom see. As the vast majority of those using e-cigarettes are either current or former smokers, the innovations also have huge health benefits. According to the Royal College of Physicians, e-cigarettes are at least 95 per cent safer than combustible tobacco, and Public Health England has acknowledged that they are the number one quit aid in the country. This is a success story, so you would think that the urge to regulate them out of existence would be resisted. Sadly not, and the worst culprit is the European Union. Continue reading “COMMENT: Scrapping EU vaping laws would improve health and boost the economy”

LISTEN: My thoughts on why the smoking ban was and is one of the most illiberal things we have done in the UK

We have just had the tenth anniversary of the smoking ban in England. I know that many people hate the smell of burning tobacco. I get that, and so did those who opposed an outright ban in every enclosed public space. There were alternatives at the time, and if anything, thanks to much better ventilation systems,┬áthose alternatives are even better than they were. Continue reading “LISTEN: My thoughts on why the smoking ban was and is one of the most illiberal things we have done in the UK”