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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
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JUUL Labs has purchased Florida-based VMR Products for $75 million, in a deal that is expected to give JUUL access to the Chinese vaping market.
University Students Want Their Mascot to Vape
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Two University of Miami students have started a petition asking the administration to replace the school mascot’s pipe with a JUUL vape.
Altria Wants JUUL to Fail (and the FDA to Help)
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 Altria, which sells Marlboro cigarettes, announced that it will remove some vaping products from the market in response to FDA concerns over teenage use.
Next Exit, Stupidville
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Mt. Vernon, Ohio is considering an ordinance that would ban the sales of vaping products to adults under 21, but would leave combustible cigarettes available.
Sacramento Flavor Ban Public Hearing on Tuesday
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A Sacramento, CA, City Council committee will consider a ban on flavored e-liquid and tobacco products at a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Gotlieb Pod Flavors ban
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The FDA is considering a ban of some flavored vaping products in convenience stores and gas stations, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
Did the South Park Vaping Episode Live Up to Our High Expectations?
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Comedy Central’s venerable satirical cartoon South Park skewered the “school vaping epidemic” and marijuana culture in and episode titled “Tegridy Farms.”
Smoking Cessation Study thumbnail
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A study from Washington University confirms previous research showing that e-cigarettes increase the number of quit attempts by cigarette smokers.
Your Smile is One More Reason to Quit Smoking and Start Vaping
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New research shows that vapor from e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products cause minimal staining of teeth, compared to combustible cigarettes.
FDA letters
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The FDA has asked for proof from 21 importers that their vaping products were on the market before the agency’s 2016 deadline to avoid immediate premarket review.