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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.
airplane vape ban lawsuit
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Arguments began this week in a lawsuit challenging the DOT prohibition of vaping on airplanes. Plaintiffs contend that the ban is not based on science.
vaping 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?
studys against vaping haters
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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?
does-vape-have-nicotine
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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?
IQOS by Philip Morris
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Tobacco giant Philip Morris International submitted the first application to market a new product under the FDA’s recently implemented deeming rule.
stop-fda-deeming
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Congress may include the Cole-Bishop bill language in this month’s budget bill. It’s up to vapers to contact Congress right now and pressure them to act.
exploding-vape
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News and social media outlets are full of stories about vape explosions, fires and mods blowing up in faces. How can vapers avoid being “news at 11”?
e-liquids
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A new campaign from anti-tobacco groups is urging Americans to ask Congress to prevent current vaping products from remaining on the market.
doctors-vaping-survey
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A survey of doctors show that a many would advise against using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, even if the patient refuses FDA-approved methods
gottlieb-new-fda-commissioner
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President Trump wants Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a health policy expert with pharma connections, as the new FDA commissioner. Will he help save vaping?