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Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald
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Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy
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San Francisco voters will decide on June 5 whether to ban menthol cigarettes, and other flavored tobacco products (including vaping e-liquid). Proposition E pits the city’s Board of Supervisors and a coalition of tobacco control groups against opponents from tobacco companies, local grocers and convenience stores, and vape shops and e-liquid manufacturers.
how-long-does-nicotine-stay-in-the-system
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A look at how long nicotine (and its metabolite cotinine) stay in the system, and different ways employers and insurance companies test for its presence.
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YouTube has recently penalized vaping channels without explanation, apparently focused on the popular product JUUL. The problems with vaping and YouTube go further though, with e-cigarette-related channels demonetized and suppressed on the video hosting site.
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As vape gear gets more efficient, nicotine levels have gotten lower and lower, but how many vapers have actually eliminated nicotine completely?
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Tobacco stocks fell in April after a Citigroup analyst downgraded Marlboro-maker Altria, and Philip Morris International released a weak earnings report. CNBC analyst Jim Cramer summed it up in a Mad Money episode, saying the cigarette manufacturers were “bent, spindled and mutilated” by the threat posed by vaping rivals like JUUL.
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A Florida man is dead after a house fire that authorities say was caused by an e-cigarette. The 38-year-old St. Petersburg resident was found dead in his bedroom by firefighters. A cause of death has not been issued yet.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly issued warnings to 13 vaping manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for marketing e-liquid with labels that resemble well-known food and candy products. The agencies say the e-liquids are a safety hazard because they could be mistaken by children for food or candy.
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A federal court in Switzerland has overturned the country’s long-standing ban on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and vapor products. Although the government was already planning to end the prohibition, the court decision allows retailers to now begin selling vaping products with nicotine immediately.
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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced actions that he says will prevent youth uptake of e-cigarettes, and hinted that more enforcement is on the way. Meanwhile the primary focus of the FDA effort, the popular vapor product JUUL, responded by largely agreeing with the FDA.
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Duke University will join more than 2,000 other American colleges by making its campus smoke-free in 2020. However, the renowned private research university will not prohibit non-combustible forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.