Fox News host Laura Ingraham enlisted the aid of a medical doctor to confront a millennial vaper on Thursday night on “The Ingraham Angle” during an unusual segment that is still making waves.
Ingraham brought on Dr. Janette Nesheiwat (shown above, far left) to discuss the health risks that e-cigarettes and vaping pose to Americans, particularly to teenagers.
She also featured Tommy “Smokes” Scibelli (above far right), who sported a white cap reading “Vape God” as he defended his vaping habits — all while actually vaping and coughing live on the air.
“Well, look — I’m 22 years old, so I’m using them legally. And honestly, they’re just cool. You rip them,” Scibelli said before blowing out a cloud of smoke.
“There’s nothing cooler than blowing a fat cloud like that. They call me the colossus of cloud,” he added.
“I just — it helps my swag. It helps my drip. I just love walking around. It’s really good for getting chicks, too,” Scibelli insisted.
“So, honestly I started about a year ago, and I haven’t looked back since.”
Ingraham asked the proud vaper if he used his cell phone frequently. After he said he did, she joked, “OK. So why don’t you rig it up to your phone and that way you won’t have the actual calories burned by grabbing your phone so you can vape and kind of check email and text at he same time …That will be your invention. I’m giving it to you.”
“You don’t have to keep switching devices,” Ingraham added. “Humor aside, Doctor, what should we know about the use of these e-cigarettes? Vaping? Wildly popular. Parents don’t really know when their kids are doing it. What’s the big deal? It’s not like a cigarette, right?”
As Nesheiwat explained that vaping and e-cigarettes “can be just as harmful as cigarettes,” Scibelli proceeded to have a coughing fit on the air.
“Smoking causes more deaths than alcohol, drugs, guns, and car accidents combined. The nicotine in cigarettes and in vaping products such as the Juul is highly addictive,” the doctor warned. “And when it comes to children, it can cause brain developmental abnormalities in kids. It can cause concentration problems, memory problems, problems with decision-making, anxiety, depression.”
Ingraham pointed to arguments from “the big lobbying organizations pushing vaping,” asking Nesheiwat if it’s true that e-cigarette users “don’t get the tar” in their lungs “that you get from a regular cigarette.”
“But you are inhaling propylene glycol, formaldehyde, traces of metals and chemicals, which can cause upper respiratory tract infections, asthma flare-ups, COPD, which can allow you to have trouble breathing, be on oxygen tanks and put some people in the emergency room,” the doctor insisted before pointing to Scibelli.
“Tommy over there is gasping for air,” she said.
Scibelli shrugged off the attention, saying, “It’s a sign of strength.”
Ingraham pointed to the vaper, saying, “Tommy, you don’t seem to be bothered at all by formaldehyde or any of the things that you take in. You love it. Look at how Tommy — look at how he looks. He looks fantastic after all this.”
Nesheiwat warned, “Yeah, but 10, 20 years from now he’s going to have trouble breathing.”
He objected, insisting, “I’ll be cool.”
“I’m here for you, Tommy, if you ever decide you want to quit,” the doctor replied.
When Ingraham asked Scibelli if he smoked cigarettes before e-cigarettes, he adamantly replied, “No, no cigarettes. Cigarettes are bad for you. I would never do anything that’s bad for your lungs. I just stick to Juul.”
Ingraham then confronted him about “wet lungs,” which Scibelli said he had never heard of before.
“It’s also known as popcorn lung,” the doctor explained — as Scibelli then interjected, “I love popcorn!”
Nesheiwat warned that wet lungs can cause scarring and inflammation in the lungs.
“No, popcorn is delicious. I’m not worried about that,” Scibelli said.
The young vaper revealed that his “go-to” flavor is “usually” mango, although he will use “whatever’s put in front of me.”
Said Ingraham, “We are going to check in with Tommy ‘Smokes’ in about six years and see how he’s doing.”
But Ingraham noted that the federal government is regulating fruity flavors and other flavors that appeal to younger users.
As LifeZette noted last week, “E-cig flavors such as mint, mango, and cucumber are much more appealing to teens than the harsh tobacco flavor of regular cigarettes — making it immensely easier for young people to get hooked on the tremendously addictive chemical.”
“The man can’t stop me. They can’t stop me,” Scibelli insisted.
Ingraham concluded the segment by saying, “We are going to check in with Tommy ‘Smokes’ in about six years and see how he’s doing.”
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