A Vaping Opinion from Howard Stern

Feb. 8, 2015
by Matt Wallace

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Last July on the Howard Stern show, the always controversial, yet most recognizable man in radio made his stance against electronic cigarettes: http://www.howardstern.com/news/howards-anti-smoking-and-e-cigarette-views-and-this-day-in-howard-history-ronnie-becomes-a-bodyguard

The writer on the show, Sal, had admitted to quitting smoking by using electronic cigarettes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvSWtMW3nzg). On occasional episodes of the radio show, Howard and Robin had told him time and time again to quit cigarettes entirely, including the use e-cigarettes. Sal still held his ground and insisted that quitting cigarettes is a progressively slow process, and that e-cigs have helped him kick the habit of traditional cigarettes.

In this singled out airing, the doctors that Sal had seen claimed that his health improved due to using electronic cigarettes. They had plenty of facts and data to support their claims. However, Howard clearly states that in his opinion, these vaping devices have chemicals, and hence should be avoided at all costs. In his usual exuberant manner, he completely ignores the opinion of Sal’s doctors. I guess he thinks he’s a doctor himself. Though Howard’s entertaining as usual, his opinion is way off the mark for two reasons:

Reason 1: Sal’s health improved as told by his doctors. This is accredited to the fact that electronic cigarettes DO NOT have carcinogens or thousands of other toxic materials found in traditional cigarettes. It’s that fact alone that cigarettes are way more harmful than e-cigarettes.

Reason 2: Howard talks about these vaping devices containing chemicals. On the surface this is true, but here’s where it gets deeper and interesting. These chemicals are the same as contained in candy, ice cream, and many other foods. The two ingredients are PG (Propylene Glycol), which’s a FDA approved food additive and VG (Vegetable Glycerin), which’s naturally found in vegetables. So Howard, should we all avoid grocery store foods and vegetables? I mean, come on man.

To sum it all up, non-smokers shouldn’t start using electronic cigarettes (even if there’s 0 nicotine), but these are definitely a safer alternative to regular cigarettes for sure.

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