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Jim McDonald

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Smokers created vaping without help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and I believe vapers have the right to continue 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’m a member of 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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The adult smoking rate in the United States dropped below 15 percent for the first time in 2017, according to analysis of survey data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 14.1 percent rate represents a drop of 31.6 percent since 2009, when the use of e-cigarettes became popular.
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The FDA is signalling its intention to look for products that were illegally introduced to the market after the Aug. 8, 2016 freeze on new products. The FDA is calling for bids to perform inspections of vaping manufacturers, which the agency gained regulatory control over through its 2016 Deeming Rule.
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A subsidiary of international tobacco conglomerate Imperial Brands has bought an equity share in Cosmic Fog LLC, which has been making e-liquids for vaping since 2013. Netherlands-based Fontem Ventures says Cosmic Fog will continue to develop e-liquid flavors.
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The FDA announced a call for public comments on proposed regulation to eliminate most of the nicotine from cigarettes. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the plan will save millions of lives, but the independent vaping industry worries that current vaping products will be left out.
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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.
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Most burns incurred by vapers are not caused by defective products, but rather by users carrying loose batteries in pockets with coins or keys, according to a new study from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.
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A “brand protection” company has threatened a DIY e-liquid website with legal action on behalf of a U.S. vape mod and e-liquid manufacturer, apparently because the site contains clones of its recipes. The DIY vape community is up in arms over the action, and the manufacturer claims it’s just a terrible mistake.
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Research from Johns Hopkins University shows that e-cigarette vapor contains some toxic metals, probably from the coils that heat the e-liquid. But a Greek cardiologist who is an expert on the topic is questioning the way they framed the results.
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Russia may soon encourage smokers to switch to vaping as a public health measure. Industry and trade minister Denis Manturov told business publication Vedomosti that Russia may implement a differential taxation scheme for vaping and tobacco products.
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For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may approve a pharmaceutical product based on a compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol (CBD)-based Epidiolex, made by GW Pharmaceuticals, has completed promising Phase 3 clinical trials for treatment of epileptic seizure disorders Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes.