Disclosure and Position Statement

Michael McGrady is a recipient of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme presented by Knowledge-Action-Change (KAC) Communications in London. The KAC scholarship program is made possible by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, an independent nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve global health by ending smoking in this generation. The foundation is based in New York.

The foundation has a pledge agreement with Philip Morris International (PMI) that secures funding and ensures complete autonomy to pursue its mission to end smoking in this generation. PMI and the tobacco industry, generally, are precluded from having any control or influence over how the foundation spends its funds or focuses its activities. Independence is explicitly outlined in the foundation’s bylaws.

McGrady’s research, and the that produced by other grantees from the foundation, is also independent of influence from PMI. Most recipients, including McGrady, opposes the funding sources to the foundation, being Philip Morris International.

McGrady’s research and commentary selection and presentation of facts or in his presentations and publications are the sole responsibility of McGrady and under no circumstances shall be regarded as reflecting the position of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Inc.

Michael McGrady is independent of the vaping and tobacco industries. He also is independent of the pharmaceutical sector. Besides the KAC grant, his work is done independently.

THR Brasil and Michael McGrady’s professional relationship is based entirely on the need to develop policy legalizing nicotine vaping in the Federative Republic of Brazil. The organization is a nonprofit research, education, and advocacy group. THR Brasil was founded through a grant from KAC and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, too.

Michael McGrady’s work with The Center Square, Filter, KAC, THR Brasil, and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World are based on work agreements between nonprofit organizations. He is also a technology and marketing consultant to the nonprofit Lincoln Network and formerly the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and other nonpartisan research organizations focused on issues like free markets, health care freedom, and drug harm reduction, and drug legalization.

All of McGrady’s journalistic work is done on a freelance, independent contractor basis. His opinions and business interests do not necessarily reflect those of his clients or partners. MPR Public Affairs, Perihelion Creations, and Michael McGrady Creative Content are three separate legal business entities owned by McGrady. All three companies operate under a “trading as” or “doing business as” operating structure.

Michael McGrady is a marketing consultant working with nonprofit tech advocacy organizations and a variety of middle-market firms and companies in the start-up phase across several industries. This includes nonprofit, civic technology, health technology, medical marketing, and the vertical of legal content marketing for some attorneys.

McGrady’s content marketing for law firms and attorneys was done at the request of counsels admitted into state BAR associations and are licensed to practice law. He usually works as a subcontractor assisting legal technicians, assistants, and paralegals with the crafting of copy that does not constitute itself as legal advice but as marketing content.

He previously worked on political and ballot issue campaigns for Republicans and Democrats in several states in the Mountain, Pacific Northwest, and Midwest regions of the United States. He additionally worked as a subcontractor for several marketing products submitted to the Franking Commission of the Committee of House Administration in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He has done public policy work for private and nonprofit firms in China, Israel, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Belarus, New Zealand, and Poland. He has also worked with elected officials in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

In no way do these interests impact McGrady’s journalistic independence. MPR, Perihelion, and MM Creative Content have no clients in the tobacco or vaping industries. The only affiliation in his professional scope is KAC and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World but in a nonprofit capacity.