Guy Bentley is the director of consumer freedom research at Reason Foundation.
Bentley's research focuses on the taxation and regulation of nicotine, tobacco, alcohol, and food. Before joining Reason Foundation, Bentley served as a reporter in London and Washington D.C.
Bentley's work has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, Time, Business Insider, The Daily Beast, The New York Post, and other publications in the U.S. and U.K.
Bentley graduated with a bachelor's degree in politics and international relations from the University of Nottingham and is based in Washington D.C.
If the strength of the association between menthol cigarettes and increased youth initiation is as strong as tobacco control activists suggest, there should be signs of it in the national data.
On the balance of the available evidence, the dangers of impeding IQOS as a tool to help smokers quit far outstrips any possible threat it could pose to public health.
Any policy that harms the exclusive makers of reduced-risk products such as e-cigarettes more than the makers of traditional cigarettes is not in the interests of public health.