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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
Oregon Vape Shop Owner Sues the State Over Labeling Restrictions
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A Portland vape shop owner is suing the Oregon Health Authority, charging that the state’s e-liquid labeling rules violate laws protecting free commercial speech.
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Tobacco manufacturing giant Altria has dropped its entire e-cigarette product portfolio, including the poorly selling MarkTen and Green Smoke brands.
Here’s Another Bipartisan Anti-Vaping Senate Bill
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A new bipartisan Senate bill would ban vaping in schools, and instruct the FDA to partner with other federal agencies to study the harms of e-cigarettes to youth.
Grazie, Parlamento! Italy Finally Lowers Its Vape Tax
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The Italian government will reduce its tax on vaping e-liquid to a level that will encourage smokers to try vaping and businesses to expand.
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Six state lawmakers in California will introduce legislation to ban retail sales of e-cigarettes with flavors other than tobacco, and strengthen online age restrictions.
Is Big Tobacco About to Buy a Piece of JUUL?
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Marlboro-maker Altria is in talks to acquire a large minority share of independent vaping manufacturer JUUL Labs, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Canada-starlights
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In Canada, regulators are pushing back against pressure to prohibit vaping flavors. Health Canada says there’s no “teen vaping epidemic” and no need for a ban.
JUUL Goes After More Copycats -- and Flavors
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JUUL Labs has filed a patent infringement complaint against 24 businesses. JUUL also alleges the “JUUL-compatible” vaping products violate FDA rules.
Vaping Toxic Metals Revisited
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A new study by Greek and American researchers explains why an earlier paper misstated the exposure risks for metals in vaping e-liquid and atomizer tanks.
Scott Gottlieb
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DA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced new measures to stem what he calls an epidemic of teen vaping. He also wants to ban menthol cigarettes.