Michelle Minton is a senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation.
With a focus on consumer policy issues including gambling, alcohol, tobacco and nicotine, drug legalization, and health, Minton has authored numerous studies, including such topics as the effectiveness and unintended consequences of sin taxes, the history of gambling regulation, and the harmful consequences of drug war-styled policies on public health outcomes. Her analyses have been published and cited by nationally respected news outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as peer-reviewed journals. She regularly appears in news media to discuss the unintended effects of laws and rules designed to save adults from their own choices, an approach that not only conflicts with the principles of individual liberty and bodily autonomy but often also the stated goals of public health policy.
Minton holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science from the University of New England.
The FDA’s deadly menthol miscalculation
If the FDA is truly interested in promoting smoking cessation and saving lives, there are more effective ways to do this than a prohibition.