Kim "Skip" Murray

Skip started smoking when she was 10, and quit through vaping in 2015. She is an enthusiastic tobacco harm reduction advocate. She works as a direct service professional at a group home providing services for people living with disabilities. Skip also lives with a disability and was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and depression in 2020. She is the co-founder and a research volunteer for the Safer Nicotine Wiki. She previously owned a vape shop and served as the research fellow for the Consumer Center of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. She lives in Minnesota.

In the Ugly Nicotine Debate, Being Kind Isn’t Just Right—It’s Effective

Going to school as an autistic kid sometimes felt like a never-ending nightmare. Spitballs hitting me in the back of…

May 13, 2024

WHO Hits New Low With “Vaping Increases Seizure Risk” Tweet

The World Health Organization should no longer be considered a leading authority in global health. For years now, it has…

April 10, 2024

It’s Critically Important to Tell Women the Truth About Nicotine

Elaine Keller, a cancer survivor and powerful advocate for tobacco harm reduction, once asked an important question: “Why is your…

March 8, 2024

American Lung Association Seeks to Suppress Harm Reduction Information

The American Lung Association, as you would expect, is eager to point out the dangers of cigarettes. It wants to…

October 2, 2023

Dose Makes the Poison: The “Chemicals” Smear Against Vaping

In 1997, a shocking headline in the Washington Post proclaimed, “DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE: UNRECOGNIZED KILLER.” The article correctly noted that “DHMO”…

September 22, 2023

Youth Suicide Prevention and Zero-Tolerance School Policies

A phone call from an old friend saved my life. When he asked if I was ok, I told him…

September 12, 2023

Stigma and Misinformation Maintain the Devastating Toll of Lung Cancer

August 1 is World Lung Cancer Day. Although this is the 12th iteration of an annual bid to spread awareness,…

July 31, 2023

Mental Health Awareness? Prioritize Safer Alternatives to Smoking

The United States has just observed its annual Mental Health Awareness Month. Another year and another awareness month have gone…

June 5, 2023

Small Vape Shops Save Lives. Many Communities Are Losing Them.

There's an oversimplified notion that only Big Tobacco supports vaping. On the contrary, thousands of small businesses, selling vapor products…

December 5, 2022