Michael McGrady

Michael is a journalist and researcher. His work has been supported by the Knowledge-Action-Change Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship program; the independently administered scholarship is supported by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Michael is also the journalist-in-residence and visiting research fellow in tobacco and drug harm reduction policy at the American Consumer Institute, Center for Citizen Research. He conducts consumer-oriented and behavior research on the impacts of public health regulations on people who use drugs, especially nicotine. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Hill and the South China Morning Post. He lives in Colorado.

COVID-19 and Tobacco Harm Reduction: What’s the Relationship?

At publication time, over 113,000 people worldwide were known to be infected by the novel coronavirus, and the number of…

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Do Anti-Vaping Ads and Media Actually Encourage Youth Vaping?

In the wake of last year’s EVALI lung injury outbreak and a raft of legislative and media reactions to perceived…

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How the British Approach to Vaping Puts the US to Shame

Over the summer, US media reported that two National Health Service hospitals in England were allowing Ecigwizard, a vape retailer,…

4 months

Vape Bans and Lung Disease: Picking Through the Feds’ Framing

The feds have been publicly finessing their approach to vaping, amid national outcries over both an outbreak of lung disease…

6 months

African Experts Explain Their Challenges in Reducing Tobacco Harms

Major obstacles to tobacco harm reduction exist in high-income, “western” countries from the United States to Australia. Yet it’s vital…

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Denial of Nicotine Health Information Is a Breach of Human Rights

Access to accurate health information about nicotine and products that contain it is a human right. A tobacco harm reduction…

10 months

The Year Is 2020, and the US Has Banned Vapes. What Happens Now?

President Donald Trump finished his overture at this year’s Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta by asking attendees…

11 months

In Approaching Nicotine, Let’s Learn From Past Harm Reduction Victories

Alternative nicotine products—including e-cigarettes, lower-risk tobacco alternatives like snus, and heat-not-burn devices—have fallen under disproportionate levels of scrutiny all over…

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