Our lawmakers are on a mission to end what they have termed a public health crisis — tobacco use.

To this point, Gov. Tim Walz proposed tax hikes on cigarettes and vaping products. This legislative session, similar bills were introduced to raise taxes on tobacco products and ban flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes and other vaping products. But are these proposals the magic bullet to tobacco use that lawmakers proclaim them to be? A new report by the Center of the American Experiment shows otherwise.

Martha Njolomole is an economist at Center of the American Experiment.