Carrie Wade

Bay Area flavored tobacco bans undermine harm reduction

The attached policy study was co-authored by R Street Western Region Director Steven Greenhut. Proposals to ban flavored tobacco products – and, by extension, vaping liquids – have …

Testimony in OPPOSITION to the proposed tobacco ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products

Testimony of Carrie Wade, Director of Harm Reduction Policy, R Street Institute In OPPOSITION to the proposed tobacco ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products The R Street Institute is a …

Chuck Schumer is wrong again

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is taking aim at the Food and Drug Administration’s recent announcement that it would delay enforcement of new regulations on e-cigarettes until August 2022. Ignoring …

Third Way: Addiction 101: What Causes Addiction and How Can We Address It?

Letter: Safe injection sites in San Francisco

San Francisco Board of Supervisors RE: Safe injection sites in San Francisco Dear Supervisors, We write on behalf of the R Street Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated …

Bloomberg School of Public Health should live up to mission statement, save ‘millions at a time’

The mission statement of Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health reads: “Protecting Health, Saving Lives – Millions at a Time.” The idea that slogan conveys is that Johns …

Feds should think twice before trying to reduce nicotine in cigarettes

Tobacco-control advocates have enthusiastically embraced Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s proposal to focus on the potential for very low nicotine cigarettes, or VLNCs, to reduce the …

Proposed St. Paul ordinance puts Minnesotan lives in danger

With its proposed ordinance to menthol and fruit flavors for tobacco and tobacco-related products, the St. Paul City Council is going down a dangerous road that will do …

Testimony In OPPOSITION to Ordinance 17-28 Amending Chapter 324 of the Legislative Code by adding menthol, mint or wintergreen and fruit to the definition of flavored products

Testimony of Carrie Wade Director of Harm Reduction Policy R Street Institute In OPPOSITION to Ordinance 17-28 Amending Chapter 324 of the Legislative Code by adding menthol, mint or wintergreen …

Indiana’s embrace of harm reduction could save lives

Indiana's recent move allowing counties and municipalities across the state to approve syringe access program (SAP) operations without first obtaining state approval has been ruffling some feathers. Some …

What Trump’s FDA director gets wrong

Newly installed Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is proposing to shift his agency’s focus and strategy to reduce smoking and its consequences. Recognizing that not all forms of nicotine delivery …

Letter to FDA: Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications

Docket No. FDA-2017-D-3001 Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Aug. 23, 2017 RE: Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications: Applications for IQOS System …

Fresno County must face down its drug epidemic

The opioid epidemic that now disproportionately affects rural and suburban communitiesrequires decisive action by local government and public health officials. It’s laudable that Assemblymember Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, has initiated …

Reducing nicotine in cigarettes raises all sorts of problems

The following op-ed was co-authored by Clive Bates, editor of Counterfactual. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced late last month it will start a dialogue about using its rulemaking powers to reduce nicotine …

Why is opioid addiction on the rise despite a decline in prescriptions?

Opioid prescription rates have fallen continuously since their peak in 2010. Prescriptions, which had more than quadrupled from 180 morphine milligram equivalents per-capita in 1999 to 782 in …

E-cigarette regulation is hurting, not helping, society

Every so often, a burst of technology can change society’s trajectory in major ways. Airplanes have shrunk world travel to less than 24 hours. Cellphones have freed us …

Why is Chuck Schumer so afraid of consumers who want to snort chocolate?

It seems that you can snort just about anything these days. That has Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., worried. In 2015, he introduced a bill to prevent sales of …

TESTIMONY: R Street opposes ordinance amending Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 5.91 to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington, with a Western region office in Sacramento, California. We strive to promote free markets …

Harm reduction is about making better choices, not perfect ones

Dr. Mark Boom, president and CEO of the Houston Methodist hospital system in Texas, suggests in a recent piece in The Hill that proponents of vaping are simply …

Testimony in opposition to San Francisco ordinance amending Health Code Article 19Q.1

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington, with a Western region office in Sacramento, California. We strive to promote free markets …

Testimony in opposition to Contra Costa County Ordinance No. 2017-01

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington, with a Western region office in Sacramento, California. We strive to promote free markets …

California needs to think twice about banning flavored e-cigarettes

Drug use can kill people. Smoking can kill people. But these behaviors don’t have to, and Californians know it. California—especially the Bay Area—has been a leader in promoting proven …

Public health experts to Congress: Support H.R. 1136 to update the FDA’s deeming date for nicotine-delivery products

Dear Member of Congress, We, the undersigned public health experts and practitioners, ask you to support House Resolution 1136, introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Rep. Sanford Bishop …

Oppose: Louisiana House Bill 271

Mr. Chairman, My name is Carrie Wade and I serve as director of harm reduction policy at the R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public-policy research organization headquartered in …

How Scott Gottlieb’s ‘boring’ approach could transform the FDA

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, confirmed earlier this week by the U.S. Senate to become the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, has a pragmatic—some might even say …

Fierce debates dominate D.C.’s first E-Cigarette Summit

If you imagined an e-cigarette conference full of policymakers at a Marriott in Washington would be a tame event, you would be wrong. I suppose I shouldn’t be …

Testimony: Oakland ordinance prohibiting sale of flavored tobacco products

In OPPOSITION to Ordinance Amending Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 5.91 To Prohibit the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in …

Letter: Don’t classify use of ecigarettes as smoking

As a medical doctor who has pioneered new smoking cessation efforts, a therapist heavily involved in issues that impact the LGBT community and the Director of Harm Reduction …

Lawmakers must recognize that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit

As the electronic cigarette industry prepares for the devastating impact of Food and Drug Administration rules that would force nearly all products off the market 15 months from now, …

Nixing e-cigarettes because of flavor is nonsensical

I like Jolly Ranchers, especially cherry-flavored ones. The flavor doesn't dull as they dissolve, they last a few minutes, they are relatively low in calories, and they disrupt …

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