Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Are e-cigarettes healthy?

Clearly, the answer is no.  It is best not to smoke at all.  From a policy perspective, however, there is a question of whether e-cigarettes should be regulated and taxed heavily–like regular cigarettes–or more lightly.  If e-cigarettes are relatively healthier than standard cigarettes, less taxes/regulation would be merited.  If, however, e-cigarettes induce more individuals to […]

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Cigarette taxes are bad for your health?

Many economists and public plicy researchers have found that cigarette taxes reduce smoking.  This means that cigarette taxes must be good for your health…right? A study by Baum (2009) claims that cigarette taxes may improve health, but not by as much as previously thought.  The paper finds that increasing the cigarette tax decreases smoking, but […]

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