An Unhealthy Alliance: Tobacco Companies and Anti-Smoking | Learn Liberty


Why are cities across America considering bans on e cigarettes and vaping? And what do the tobacco industry and anti-smoking groups have in common?

Prof. Aeon Skoble looks at the motivations of the groups who want to ban e cigarettes and vaping. While anti-smoking groups want to ban e cigarettes out of concern for public health, big tobacco companies also want to ban e cigarettes to protect their profits and to prevent people from using e cigarettes to quit smoking.

These special interest groups, even though they have different motivations, end up lobbying for the same regulation to ban vaping and e cigarettes. Public choice economists call this type of alliance a “bootleggers and baptists” scenario.

You can learn more about bootleggers and baptists with our earlier video:

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