Guy Bentley is the director of consumer freedom 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.
New York shouldn’t ban flavored tobacco products
Advocates claim that menthol cigarettes are more addictive, easier for kids to start using, and harder for smokers to quit. But none of these claims are true.
Tobacco harm reduction should be on Congress’ agenda
"We do know that e-cigarettes — as a general class — have markedly less risk than a combustible cigarette product," admitted FDA's tobacco chief, Brian King.
FDA needs a new approach to e-cigarettes and other safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes
Reagan-Udall report calls for FDA to "identify and address the policy and scientific questions that underpin its regulatory framework" and invest in "more substantial engagement with stakeholders and the public."
The potential consequences of New Zealand’s plan to be smoke-free
New Zealand should inform cigarette smokers about the potential health benefits of switching to safer alternatives and ensure greater Māori access to smoking cessation services.
FDA’s Juul ban threatens harm reduction progress
E-cigarettes aren’t just safer than combustible cigarettes, they’re more effective in helping smokers quit than FDA-approved therapies like nicotine gum and patches.
The FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes is based on faulty claims
None of the FDA's claims about the proposed menthol ban hold up.
Rather than banning menthols, FDA should embrace harm reduction
The FDA and the Biden administration should apply the harm reduction model to tobacco policy.
A ban on menthol cigarettes would hurt communities of color and undermine criminal justice reforms
The proposed criminalization of menthol cigarettes should be expected to hurt communities of color, spur the growth of black markets, lead to more incarceration, and undermine criminal justice reforms made in recent years.
Colorado’s proposed flavored tobacco ban would worsen public health and criminal justice inequities
A ban on flavored tobacco products would likely lead to the growth of illicit tobacco markets and more policing in minority communities.