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Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald
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I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.
Scott-Gottlieb
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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb dropped some hints about the FDA’s intentions regarding the regulation of e-liquid flavors for vaping. In a series of tweets, he noted that 31 percent of surveyed teens cited flavors as a reason for vaping.
Schizophrenia-nicotine-effect
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Researchers have discovered how the brain activity of people with a cell mutation associated with schizophrenia may be improved by the use of nicotine.
police-car-siren
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Police in Murfreesboro, TN, and surrounding areas, raided and closed 23 stores for selling products containing the cannabis-derivative CBD. Authorities say 21 people were indicted.
juul-responses-to-rumors
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Vape manufacturer JUUL Labs issued a public statement disputing viral rumors that their e-cigarette the JUUL has caused lung cancer. The rumors spread online through social media posts. Vaping as not been proven to cause cancer of any kind.
CBD-Approval-FDA
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For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may approve a pharmaceutical product based on a compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol (CBD)-based Epidiolex, made by GW Pharmaceuticals, has completed promising Phase 3 clinical trials for treatment of epileptic seizure disorders Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes.
Public-Health-England-Boosts-its-Support-for-Vaping
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Public Health England is confirming its 2015 assessment that e-cigarettes are far safer than smoking. The government agency was the first respected public health organization to urge cigarette smokers to switch to vaping -- and to suggest that doctors recommend e-cigs to smoking patients. The new report assesses the evidence since the 2015 publication.
Vaping-ban-Singapore
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As of Feb. 1, it became illegal to possess or use e-cigarettes and other vaping products in Singapore, with fines as high as 2,000 Singapore dollars. Fines for sales or importation can be five times that high, with six months in jail also possible. Repeat offenders can get double those penalties.
Skittles-candy
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Wrigley is suing Florida e-liquid manufacturer Get Wrecked Juices for infringing its trademarks for Skittles and Starburst candies.
FDA-three-lawsuits
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The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed three lawsuits in federal courts challenging the FDA’s Deeming Rule that restricts sales of e-cigarettes.
Protester
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Washington State legislators are proposing a 60 percent wholesale tax on vaping products, which will cause many businesses to close.