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Sara Greene, associate professor of law at Duke University, thinks there is. She argues that too often state and local governments impose laws and regulations that cumulatively⁠—and too often “invisibly”⁠—hurt the very people we ought to be trying to help. From driver license suspension to eviction laws, these revenue-generating punishments disproportionately criminalize poor Americans and perpetuate the spiral of poverty.

One such new example is the trend toward criminalizing the ownership and use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. [...]