Analysis: How the political tide has turned against vaping
Keep in mind, a mere 2% of high schoolers regularly smoke tobacco cigarettes. It’s not like these students are merely switching from one nicotine product to another.
Still, younger adults are far more likely to smoke marijuana (30%) than vape (19%) regularly.
This is mirrored in American habits overall. The latest Gallup polling shows that Americans are twice as likely to regularly smoke marijuana at least once a week (16%) as they are to vape (8%).
And while vaping has shown no real uptick in popularity in more recent years, more people are regularly smoking marijuana than ever before.
On the other side, we just had more than 30 states sue arguably the most prominent e-cigarette maker for advertising to teenagers.
When asked by Gallup whether laws against vaping should be made more strict, made less strict or kept the same, 61% of Americans said more strict. This position was supported by a majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents. It was also backed by a majority of every age group broken down by Gallup (18-34, 35-54 and 55+).
The simple fact is that promoting marijuana is a winning issue for politicians, but vaping is very much not.
Don’t sleep on New Hampshire
The fact that New Hampshire’s primary is so late shouldn’t discount its importance in the midterms. We may get a good idea of the outcome of the battle for the Senate based on what happens in New Hampshire.
In fact, Morse is polling as well, if not better, than almost every Republican Senate nominee in a marquee race (Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, etc.). You just don’t hear about New Hampshire as often, in part because it isn’t polled as often.
You can bet that we’ll be hearing more about New Hampshire if Morse wins. Republicans would be silly not to press hard in a state where Hassan and Hillary Clinton both won by less than a point in 2016.
For your brief encounters: The NFL is back
There’s so much depressing news in the world these days, enough to make you want to tune out. That’s why for football fans, like me, the start of the football season is so important.
And in an age of political divisions, football was the favorite sport of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.