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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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The FDA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, asking for public comment on the role of flavored tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and vapor products) in youth initiation and helping adults quit combustible tobacco. The 90-day comment period begins on March 21, 2018.
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The adult smoking rate in the United States dropped below 15 percent for the first time in 2017, according to analysis of survey data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 14.1 percent rate represents a drop of 31.6 percent since 2009, when the use of e-cigarettes became popular.
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The FDA is signalling its intention to look for products that were illegally introduced to the market after the Aug. 8, 2016 freeze on new products. The FDA is calling for bids to perform inspections of vaping manufacturers, which the agency gained regulatory control over through its 2016 Deeming Rule.
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A subsidiary of international tobacco conglomerate Imperial Brands has bought an equity share in Cosmic Fog LLC, which has been making e-liquids for vaping since 2013. Netherlands-based Fontem Ventures says Cosmic Fog will continue to develop e-liquid flavors.
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The FDA announced a call for public comments on proposed regulation to eliminate most of the nicotine from cigarettes. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the plan will save millions of lives, but the independent vaping industry worries that current vaping products will be left out.
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Ghana is planning to ban e-cigarettes by the middle of 2018. A health official from the West African country announced that more than eight percent of youth between 13 and 15 years old are vaping, and nearly as many are smoking shisha (hookah tobacco).
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A new study from PinneyAssociates shows that a majority of Americans incorrectly believe that nicotine causes cancer. That misunderstanding may cause smokers to resist using low-risk nicotine products like e-cigarettes.
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Most burns incurred by vapers are not caused by defective products, but rather by users carrying loose batteries in pockets with coins or keys, according to a new study from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.
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A “brand protection” company has threatened a DIY e-liquid website with legal action on behalf of a U.S. vape mod and e-liquid manufacturer, apparently because the site contains clones of its recipes. The DIY vape community is up in arms over the action, and the manufacturer claims it’s just a terrible mistake.
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Research from Johns Hopkins University shows that e-cigarette vapor contains some toxic metals, probably from the coils that heat the e-liquid. But a Greek cardiologist who is an expert on the topic is questioning the way they framed the results.