Meet Me


Michael McGrady is an acclaimed international journalist and commentator covering drug legalizationtobacco harm reduction, and the vaping industry. 



He also covers or has covered Congress, energy, the environment, politics, regulation, taxation, technology, civil liberties, trade, academic freedom, health policy, and other public health topics for dozens of news outlets. However, after he was able to quit smoking through e-cigarettes, he focuses his journalism to covering vaping’s role as a public health innovation. Access to alternative nicotine products and tobacco harm reduction are matters of human rights. His work additionally expands on this sentiment.

Awards and Honors

2019 Knowledge-Action-Change Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Recipient

Finalist – Best Vaping Writer, 2019 ECigClick Awards

Professional Organization Affiliations

Member of the Association of Health Care Journalists

Professional Member of the Society of Professional Journalists

Current and Former Work

Lead journalist and analyst for

  • Covers asbestos regulation
  • Medical research and studies related to malignant mesothelioma
  • Politics and policy related to cancer and mesothelioma

Regular contributor to The Spectator Australia 

  • Covers public health
  • U.S.-Australia International Relations and comparative politics
  • Tobacco harm reduction

Former KAC Tobacco Harm Reduction Research Scholarship fellow, KAC/Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Journalist-in-residence and the visiting research fellow in tobacco and drug harm reduction policy, American Consumer Institute, Center for Citizen Research

Board/Advisor at T.H.R. Brasil

Outside the Boundaries contributor for The Maverick Observer 

Former contributor and equities analyst – The Motley Fool (

  • Covering biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, FDA, USDA
  • Also covering hemp, marijuana, and tobacco
  • Dietary and wellness products like CBD flora, edibles, and topicals
  • Nutraceuticals

Contributor to Filter magazine

  • Covering the intersections of harm reduction, drug legalization, e-cigarettes, and the rights of nicotine users

Contributing editor for Tobacco Reporter

Syndicated columnist and writer for

  • Covering energy and the environment
  • Additionally covers plastic bans and circular economies
  • Tobacco regulations, including e-cigarettes and smoke-free products

U.S. correspondent for

U.S. correspondent for

  • E-cigarettes, consumer access, small businesses
  • Litigation and lawsuits against vapor companies
  • Assists with U.S. news operations

U.S. correspondent for

  • Covering CBD regulations
  • Hemp industry and regulations
  • Banking and business affairs for hemp and CBD firms

Public policy columnist for the English edition of Vaping Post

  • Covering vaper culture, public policy, and regulation

Western U.S. state politics contributor for The Center Square

  • Covering regulations in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, California, and Colorado

Contributor, technology – Marijuana Business Daily (coming soon)

Creator and host of the Vaping Weekly podcast for Vaping Post

Co-creator and co-host of the Snus Revolution podcast

Director – Essential, a documentary on vaping and COVID-19

Creator and executive producer of a series of new podcasts focused on drug use and harm reduction, under the title of the brand new podcast label Perihelion Creations

Michael McGrady, ACHJ, SPJ

Location: Colorado, USA

Michael McGrady - best blogger - finalist - ecigclick award 2019

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