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Sean Hannity promises to puff on his e-cig live on-air and risk arrest if FDA bans Juul products

Fox News host Sean Hannity vowed to defy the law and proudly vape his e-cigarette live on air when the FDA upheld the ban on Juul products.

Hannity, 60, made the claims on his June 22 show during a segment with correspondent Trace Gallagher.

When Gallagher told the host, “Juul has been trying to get on the good side of regulators by restricting marketing and banning mango, mint and other sweet flavors. The company even suggested a vape device that can only be unlocked when you’re 21.”

He noted that while Juul has the right to appeal a ban, those appeals can be lengthy and expensive.

The ban prohibits the sale of Juul products, but does not prohibit personal use of the product.

Then Hannity intervened and said, ‘They’re banning it, and I’m doing it live on TV and they can come and arrest me. How is that?;

His comments were met with laughter by Gallagher as Hannity immediately moved on to the next segment, saying, “While the Biden FDA wants people to stop vaping, many Democrat-led cities and states have no problem decriminalizing even hard drugs.” even as overdose deaths rise.”

So far, Oregon is the only state where voters have voted democratically to decriminalize small amounts of hard drugs.

Hannity made his comments during a segment where Trace Gallagher discussed the FDA's ban on Juul products

Hannity made his comments during a segment where Trace Gallagher discussed the FDA’s ban on Juul products

The impending ban was also brought up on Hannity’s introductory show, “Tonight with Tucker Carlson.” On his show, Carlson argued that banning e-cigarettes would lead to weight gain and low testosterone.

The impending ban on Juul e-cigarettes was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The report does not talk about a complete ban on all e-cigarettes, but rather a ban on Juul products.

The removal of Juul products from the shelves could happen as early as this week, although the FDA has not confirmed the authenticity of the WSJ report.

The FDA has been analyzing Juul’s data for two years now, and the ban is likely due to the regulatory body sense that the company is still promoting American youth.

Juul filed with the FDA in an effort to stay on the market and sell their tobacco and menthol flavored products.

On the same show, Hannity focused on the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” program, calling it more, “Deal with less and shut up.”

If Hannity keeps his promise, it wouldn’t be the host’s first time vaping on his show. In March 2021, Hannity was caught grabbing a quick drag between segments.

When he realized he was in front of the camera, Hannity could be heard saying ‘Uh oh’ as ​​he snatched the vape from his mouth.”

Laura Ingraham, whose show comes after Hannity’s, told her colleague after the gaffe: “It happens to the best of us, Hannity. I mean, those little moments are cute. They are in the forever reel of the real Hannity. We want to know you!’

Sean Hannity gets caught on camera vaping in 2021

Sean Hannity gets caught on camera vaping in 2021

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the FDA ban, doesn't list all e-cigarettes, only Juul products

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the FDA ban, doesn’t list all e-cigarettes, only Juul products

In May 2017, a similar video leaked showing Hannity puffing on an e-cigarette during his show. The host wrote on Twitter after that video’s release that he had recently stopped smoking cigars.

During Donald Trump’s presidency, when Hannity was considered a key adviser to the 45th president, the host said, “If you heard what I hear, you’d be vaping too.”

The quote appeared in CNN host Brian Stelter’s 2020 book, “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.” According to Stelter, Hannity also described Trump as “bat crazy.”

Juul became hugely popular in the US in the 2010s, when its fruit-flavored nicotine products became trendy among younger smokers – leading to the company also being blamed for the increase in teenage smoking.

Hannity made comments comparing Biden administration banning Juul products and 'legalizing hard drugs'

Hannity made comments comparing Biden administration banning Juul products and ‘legalizing hard drugs’

To curb the rise in smoking among teens, the FDA banned fruit-flavored e-cigarettes and forced each company to apply individually to keep their products on the shelves. Juul was expected to approve his application.

The report comes a day after the Biden administration drew up plans to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to “non-addictive” levels, as part of greater push to curb smoking in America.

Juul has branded its products as devices that can help nicotine addicts safely wean themselves slowly – as vape devices don’t have many of the same drawbacks as smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Instead, the fruity and mint flavors in many of its devices have led many kids and teens to smoke—when they probably wouldn’t otherwise.

This has put Juul, and the e-cigarette market in general, in the crosshairs of the FDA in recent years.

Juul has branded its products as devices that can help nicotine addicts slowly wean themselves off safely

Juul has branded its products as devices that can help nicotine addicts slowly wean themselves off safely

In April 2021, the agency banned menthol-flavored cigarettes, while also banning all types of flavored cigars.

Refillable cartridge e-cigarettes containing fruit or mint flavors were also banned, although cartridges intended to be thrown away are still on sale.

Flavored products, in particular, are often the target of regulation because they are easier to use as a gateway for those who are new to smoking, as one of the main barriers to tobacco pick-up is taste.

It especially plays a role for younger smokers who use vape devices like a Juul.

While they may not enjoy the taste of nicotine, it’s much easier to get addicted to the fruity, flavorful flavors.

†[The bans last April] will help save lives, especially among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products,” the FDA wrote in a statement last year.

“With these actions, the FDA will significantly help reduce youth initiation and increase the likelihood of smoking cessation.”

Under the new rules, a company that wants to market a fruit- or mint-flavored refillable device must first get approval from the FDA — which has rejected hundreds of them.

To get around these orders, many companies began to use synthetic forms of the drug in their devices to evade regulators. That loophole was closed in April.

Disposable e-cigarettes and refillable cartridges account for more than 80% of teenage tobacco use in America

Disposable e-cigarettes and refillable cartridges account for more than 80% of teenage tobacco use in America

The CDC reports that more than 2.5 million students in the U.S. were

The CDC reports that more than 2.5 million students in the U.S. were “current” users of tobacco products by 2021. This includes 13% of high school students and 4% of high school students

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also published a study in March that found that more than 2.5 million U.S. college students had used some tobacco product by 2021 — a definition that includes nicotine devices that don’t dispense tobacco.

Officials reported that 80 percent of tobacco use was due to disposable e-cigarettes and cartridge products — such as a Juul.

In the study, approximately 2.06 million high school students — 13 percent of the study population — and four percent of high school students — 470,000 participants — reported “current” tobacco use.

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