Predicting the black market in e-cigarettes
by Carl V Phillips
The anti-tobacco movement is fundamentally dishonest and unethical, and it is also led by minimally-skilled people who isolate themselves in an echo chamber that avoids scientific review. As a result, it is frequently difficult to determine whether one of their false scientific claims is an intentional lie or blatant ignorance. Most of their epidemiologic claims seem to fall into the former category. But most of their economics-related lies seem to stem from an utter failure to understand even first-semester level economics. Snowdon and I (mostly at EP-ology including a few days ago, but also on the present blog) have documented this extensively.
One of their fundamental failures in this area is the apparent belief that — contrary to all we know from the results of the Drug War, to say nothing of all other observations of supply and demand — that bans will eliminate…
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