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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
Vaper
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There is no current evidence to show that vaping is bad for you. But the real question should probably be whether it’s as bad as smoking.
weight-gain
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An article by health researchers suggests vaping e-cigarettes with nicotine could be a way for smokers to avoid weight gain after quitting.
Nicotine-in-a-cigarette
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How much nicotine is in a cigarette? We answer that, and explain how cigarettes deliver nicotine in the most powerful and most addictive way.
Diacetyl
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Diacetyl is a chemical used to impart a buttery flavor in processed foods and e-liquids. It’s been linked with popcorn lung. Is diacetyl safe for vapers to inhale?
Vaper
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A look at the science available on so-called secondhand vapor. Is there a risk to bystanders breathing the exhaled vapor from e-cigarettes?
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Vapers run into skeptics every day. What if we took the time to explain the truth, using high-quality, peer-reviewed science?
Vape-Lies-From-the-Media
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A look at the most common lies and unfounded fears about vaping and e-cigarettes the news media use to grab viewers, readers and clicks.
woman with throat pain
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Researchers from the U.K. describe a non-smoking woman who after taking up vaping showed marked improvement in her chronic tonsillitis.
americans-mistakenly-believe-nicotine-causes-cancer
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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.
Vaping-Vs-Smoking
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A direct comparison of the proven harms and potential risks of vaping -- using e-cigarettes -- and smoking regular combustible cigarettes.