Self-Appointed Food Police Think Additional Taxation On Sugary Beverages Is Smart. It's Not

op-ed | Alan Daley
A bottle of Coca-Cola is shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas, California October 10, 2013. The Coca-Cola Company will report 3rd quarter earnings October 15. REUTERS/Mike Blake

‘Some local politicians think consumers are neither smart enough nor disciplined enough to make their own food choices’

Former Smokers Call City's Proposed Ban On Outdoor Vaping 'Preposterous'

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Gabor Kovacs of 'smoke no smoke' puffs on an e-cigarette that his shop sells at Camden in London June 9, 2013. Puffing on slim metal tubes loaded with pale yellow liquid, two London businessmen say they have between their lips a cure for what the U.N. calls "one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced". Electronic cigarettes are the future, they argue. Cheaper, cleaner and cooler than smoking, "vaping" - using a vaporiser to inhale nicotine infused with exotic flavours ranging from pina colada to bubblegum - will spell the end of tobacco. Picture taken June 9, 2013. To match Insight REUTERS/Toby Melville

‘No logical reason to ban using a product that’s been proven to be safer’

Schumer Claims Vape Flavors Are A 'Disaster That Is Fueling' Addiction

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaks at a news conference about the omnibus spending bill moving through Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

‘Becoming a real epidemic now’

Blumenthal Ignores Science To Call For A Sales Ban Of 'Products Like JUUL'

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is calling for a major crack down from federal regulators on specific vapor companies that he deems are a danger to teens. (Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Gombert/Pool)

‘Calling on the FDA to stop kid friendly products’

JUUL Commits $30 Million Over Three Years To Curb Youth Vaping

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Iowa's top law enforcement official is championing e-cigarettes as a tool for smokers trying to quit, recently saying that activists claiming there is a teen vaping epidemic are "misleading you." (Credit: Steve Birr/TheDCNF)

‘Potential for replacing cigarettes’

FDA Launches 'Blitz To Crack Down' On Youth Vaping That Targets JUUL

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
A customer tests e-liquids for e-cigarettes during the first international fair of electronic cigarette and vapology "Vapexpo" in Bordeaux, southwestern France, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

‘Wildly popular with kids’

JUUL Popularity Drives Six Percent Decline In US Cigarette Sales

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
An illustration picture shows a Marlboro cigarette in an ashtray in a coffee house in Vienna, Austria, May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Illustration

‘Fallen faster than we had expected’

Hysteria Over Vaping Becomes Unhinged As Media Calls Juuling The New Youth 'Epidemic'

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Juul in hand (Wikimedia Commons)

‘Only protects cigarettes and perpetuates the carnage from smoking’

California Judge Rules That Coffee Causes Cancer

US | Thomas Phippen
A California judge ruled Friday that Starbucks and other companies in the state must put cancer warning labels on cups because of a dangerous chemical that might be in brewed coffee. (Photo: Shutterstock/Mavo)

Defendants failed to prove that ‘coffee confers a benefit to human health’

FDA Looks At Regulating E-Cigarettes As Over-The-Counter Drug

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
The electronic cigarette, new technology can replace the regular cigarettes. (carpe89/Shutterstock)

‘The FDA is evidently struggling’

Florida Editorial Board Rejects Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Restrict Vaping

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Girl soars on a black background vape. (SVETOV DMITRII/Shutterstock) | Paper Rips Florida Vaping Ban Amendment

‘Smokers of any stripe make good villains’

Constitutional Amendment Banning Vaping Inches Closer To Ballot Vote

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
A constitutional amendment that heavily restricts vaping by dictating where the devices can be used is inching closer to a November ballot vote in Florida. (Oleg GawriloFF/Shutterstock)

‘Negatively affect a lot of people’

Tobacco Experts Encourage Anti-Vaping Crusaders To Ditch Ideology For 'Science-Based Debate'

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Girl smokes electronic cigarette and lets steam. (Pilotsevas/Shutterstock)

‘We can have informed, science-based debates’

Vape Shops Face Likely Ban On Testing Products With Customers In Their Stores

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Ufa, Russia, South Vape Shop, 5 April, 2016: E-liquid (e-juice) "Beard" for electronic cigarette (vaping device), on the counter in smoke (vapor) in vape bar in bottles. (Aleksandr Pogudin/Shutterstock)

‘Back out with all the smokers’

Vapers Blast Proposal Treating Harm Reduction Devices Like Cigarettes

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Bill Ripped Treating E-Cigs Like Smoking | young woman smoking electronic cigarette. (Oleggg/Shutterstock)

‘We don’t consider ourselves smokers’

Vape Shops Win Delay Of Proposed Ban Threatening Their Livelihood

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Businessman holds vaporizer. (vchal/Shutterstock)

‘Not the same as your traditional cigarette’

Vapers Are Treated Like Smokers Under Another Public Ban

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Men with beard vaping outdoor in sunglasses. (bedya/Shutterstock)

‘Less harmful than smoking cigarettes’

Vape Shops Are Suing The FDA Over 'Unconstitutional And Illogical' Rule Upending Industry

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015. Many of the world's junior miners are laying down their picks and shovels to start new ventures ranging from egg exporting to e-cigarette company, as they as try to survive a crash in metals prices by shifting away from exploration. Picture taken on August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

‘An end-run around advice and consent’

Vaping Access Threatened By Proposal Treating Cessation Devices Like Cigarettes

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Vape shop.Modern vaping device maintenance & upgrade parts in close up. Buy popular ecig vaper device. Electronic cigarette gadget for smoking ejuice. Focus on dripper head with wire. (Shutterstock/hurricanehank)

‘No evidence of health concerns’