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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.
FDA-delays-deeming-deadline
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The FDA will extend all future deadlines in its deeming regulations by 90 days. The 2016 rule deemed e-cigarettes and vaping devices “tobacco products.”
us-capitol-duncan-hunter-bill
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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will introduce a bill this week that will require the FDA to treat e-cigarettes separately from tobacco products.
scott gottlieb fda
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Trump’s nominee for FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, faces a vote in a Senate committee today. His nomination then goes to the full Senate.
vape-shop-moratorium
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A proposed ordinance in New York City would give e-cigarette retailers a 90-day period to apply for licenses, then end further licensing. 
Dampfer-Wolfsburg-Stammtisch, secondhand vapor
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A look at the science available on soc-called secondhand vapor. Is there a risk to bystanders breathing the exhaled vapor from e-cigarettes?
surgeon-general
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was fired by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Friday, possibly because of his opposition to e-cigarettes.
nicotine-helpful-drug-bad-raputation
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Nicotine is misunderstood and hopelessly confused with smoking. But studies show nicotine is a mostly benign drug with a range of possible benefits.
cdc-study
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A new study from the CDC shows e-cigarettes are the most popular method American smokers use to quit. So why does the CDC downplay its own data?
navy-bans-vaping
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The U.S. Navy has banned the use of e-cigarettes on its entire fleet, including all ships and aircraft, claiming the products are a safety risk.
how-long-does-nicotine-stay-in-your-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.