Fox News host Shepard Smith got into a heated argument with an e-cigarette lobbyist that showed up on his show today.
The interview took place hours after Trump admin announced a ban on e-cigarette flavors. Trump told reporters, “Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect for children. We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it.” He went on to call for a ban of “all non-tobacco flavored vaping products from the market.”
Shep Smith immediately interrupted Tony Abboud, the executive director of the Vapor Technology Association, for saying e-cigarettes are healthier than the real ones.
“No, it isn’t. Actually that’s not true, because I have a Google machine and access to the research … there are no long-term studies to back up claims that the vapor from e-cigarette is less harmful than conventional smoke,” Smith challenged. “So why do you push that line?”
“Here’s what the American Lung Association says, ‘E-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease.’ That’s what they say,” he continued, to which Abboud responded by referencing other organizations who don’t believe there’s a connection.
Smith later asked Abboud if e-cigarettes could cause cancer, which Abboud denied. The Fox News anchor continued to press Abboud and claimed that there was a connection between the drug and the disease.
“You’re trying to draw correlations — and the point is that even the FDA has looked at the significant harm reduction potential that e-cigarette’s have,” Abboud responded.
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