Fox News host Greg Gutfeld addressed the peevish obsession that interest groups, Congress and the media have with keeping vapes, a popular alternative to smoking, out of the hands of children and teens, ultimately making it more difficult for adults to get their hands on the smoking alternative.
Gutfeld highlighted a recent article by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco that found, because of targeted messaging focused on America’s youth by US health organizations, media coverage and policymakers, “Much of the public—including most smokers—now consider e-cigarette use as dangerous as or more dangerous than smoking.”
“By contrast, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that e-cigarette use is likely far less hazardous than smoking. Policies intended to reduce adolescent vaping may also reduce adult smokers’ use of e-cigarettes in quit attempts,” the study finds.
“This constant handwringing leads to more death. It’s true, cigarettes kill more than seven million people a year worldwide,” Gutfeld argued.
(Source: Fox News)
“So it stands to reason that if you eliminate the deadly tar and other toxic ingredients you could literally save millions of lives. But instead, by focusing on vaping’s impact on kids, we besmirch a lifesaving tool while preserving the popularity of cigarettes which will only kill those kids later when they take up smoking because they weren’t allowed to vape” the Fox News host said.
Gutfeld joked that this got him thinking about what other sorts of things vaping could stop people from doing and that maybe there are hidden benefits that haven’t been discovered yet.
In Gutfeld’s jokester fashion, a hilarious skit with Fox News contributor Kat Timpf began to roll. In the skit, Timpf is about to make a series of horrible decisions like drinking at work, firing her intern for mixing up her lunch order, or stabbing Gutfeld– but one hit of her vape gives her the clarity she needs.
“Note: We in no way endorse vaping as a method to avoid doing evil things. This was only a skit. A skit brought to you by the National Global Vaping Industry Society of America,” a satirical disclaimer read at the skit’s conclusion.
“Vaping actually saved my life. I don’t even vape and I didn’t even know about it,” Gutfeld joked.
In all seriousness, however, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco found in their study that there is a clear “need to balance valid concerns about risks to youths with the potential benefits of increasing adult smoking cessation.”
“The science here is very clear that vaping, although it’s probably not the best thing you can do with your lungs, it is a lot better than smoking cigarettes to the point where so many other countries actually have doctors recommend it to you as a smoking cessation aid,” Timpf pointed out.
Timpf said through gritted teeth that she was “so p*****” when people were discrediting the utility of vapes because of the messaging targeted at kids.
“Talking about vaping I get really, really animated because think about how divided we are as a country. Republicans, Democrats didn’t agree on anything. It’s impossible to have a real bipartisan consensus, EXCEPT for the fact that I should never be allowed to have a mango JUUL pod which was one of the major sources of joy in my life that I will never know again,” Timpf ranted.
Gutfeld pointed out his own personal experience with vaping’s utility. As a former smoker, he switched to vaping, and eventually stopped vaping altogether.
“It’s insane how it works and yet we’re saying ‘Oh, beware!'” the Fox News host argued.
Gutfeld maintained the choice to vape should be up to the individual, though kids should not partake.
“I think what happened here is they put the idea that vaping is bad before the science and that often has unintended consequences…when you make something elicit you also make it cool,” comedian Joe Machi pointed out.
The study aims to grow awareness of the potential vaping has to aid adults in quitting smoking.
The highly respected Cochrane Review has concluded that it is likely that vaping is more effective than FDA-approved nicotine replacement products like gum and patches.
The CDC has also found that more smokers use e-cigarettes than other aids in attempts to quit smoking—and with a higher self-reported success rate, according to Kenneth Warner, dean emeritus at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and co-author of the paper.
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