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Sean Hannity slams FDA and Biden for BANNINGJUUL e-cigs sales despite not cracking down and heroin

Sean Hannity didn’t live up to his promise to vape on air after the risk of arrest dissolved. 

On the Wednesday night edition of his Fox News show, Sean Hannity vowed to defy the law and proudly vape his e-cig live on air in a segment discussing a possible FDA ban on Juul products. 

On Thursday night, he teased fans by unwrapping a brand new Juul and appearing to raise it toward his lips, but stopped short. 

He jokingly said he was skipping the lawless act because the law didn’t take effect until ‘next Wednesday.’ 

‘All right, that took away my desire to hit the Juul on air since they won’t be coming to arrest me,’ he joked. ‘Darn, such a good opportunity. I know the liberal media mob is probably devastated.’ 

Sean Hannity (pictured on Thursday) didn’t live up to his promise to vape on air after the risk of arrest dissolved as the ban doesn’t go into effect until Wednesday, but he still took the opportunity to slam the Biden Administration for only regulating one company  

Hannity (pictured on Wednesday) promised to vape on-air on Thursday in protest of the ban

Hannity (pictured on Wednesday) promised to vape on-air on Thursday in protest of the ban

Despite the missed opportunity to wear a bright orange jumpsuit and grace the public with a Hannity mug shot, the host didn’t miss the mark on calling out his favorite president, whose administration banned the product. 

‘Why not raise the age, if you’re concerned about kids, to 21 and make it simple like buying a beer,’ he said on Thursday. ‘Here comes the Biden administration with the so-called safe smoking kits with crack pipes? But somehow they want to ban this? A Juul?’

He said Biden should be focusing the ‘securing the border’ as he claimed that ’90 percent of the heroin in this country, fentanyl, methamphetamine come into this country from our southern border.’ 

‘We are losing 300 Americans a week in overdose deaths,’ he said. ‘[But] in other words, it’s illegal for me to have this, it’s illegal for me to smoke [a Juul], it’s legal for me to do whatever I want but as of next Wednesday, as I understand, they have to take Juul off the store shelves and to stop retail distribution.’ 

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was a guest on Thursday’s show, said she worried the ban would lead to kids buying it on the ‘black market’ and it being ‘laced with fentanyl.’ 

‘If you can buy illegally, be careful if you are buying it on the street, it will be laced most likely with something else and you can be hurt,’ Bondi said. 

‘This is scary, you really think when people go to the black market you suspect that people that buy, they are not looking for weed, they’re just looking for nicotine, you suspect they are going lease these with fentanyl?’ he questioned. 

‘I saw it when I was attorney general, adults buying Adderall, Xanax on the street, it was being laced with fentanyl and people were dropping dead. They still are.

Guest and former Florida AG Pam Bondi (pictured) said she worried the ban would lead teens to the 'black market' and find Juul pods 'laced with fentanyl'

Guest and former Florida AG Pam Bondi (pictured) said she worried the ban would lead teens to the ‘black market’ and find Juul pods ‘laced with fentanyl’  

That is why you should never buy anything on the street, even if it is an Adderall or a Xanax,’ Bondi said.  

Hannity also suggests the Biden Administration isn’t regulating cigarettes because the government makes $12billion a year off taxes. 

On yesterday’s show, reporter Trace Gallagher told Hannity that ‘Juul has been trying to get on the right side of regulators by limiting its marketing and banning mango, mint, other sweet flavors. The company even suggested a vaping device that can only be unlocked if you’re 21.’

He noted that while Juul has the right to appeal a ban, those appeals can take a long time and are expensive. 

That’s when Hannity chimed in to say: ‘They ban it, and I’ll do it live on TV and they can come and arrest me. How about that?’

It was banned less than 24 hours later.  

The ban forbids the sale of Juul products but does not ban personal use of the product. 

The FDA threatened un-specified action against stores that continue to sell Juul products.  

Hannity’s comments were met with laughter from Gallagher as Hannity then pivoted straight to the next segment saying: ‘While the Biden FDA wants people to stop vaping, many Democratic-run cities and states, they have no problem decriminalizing even hard drugs, even as overdose deaths are spiking.’

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

The ban was also brought up on Hannity’s lead-in show, ‘Tonight with Tucker Carlson.’ On his show yesterday, Carlson argued that the ban on e-cigarettes would lead to weight gain and low testosterone. 

The ban on Juul e-cigarettes was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. 

The ban not mention a full ban on all e-cigarettes but rather a ban on Juul products. 

The FDA has been analyzing Juul’s data for two years and the ban is likely due to the regulating body feeling as though the company is still marketing to America’s youth. 

Juul applied to the FDA in an attempt to stay on the market and sell their tobacco and menthol flavored products.  

During the Wednesday’s show, Hannity took aim at the Biden administration’s ‘Build Back Better’ program calling it more like: ‘Settle for less and shut your mouth.’ 

If Hannity had followed through on his pledge, it wouldn’t be the first time that the host vaped on his show. In March 2021, Hannity was caught grabbing a quick drag between segments.

When he realized he was on camera, Hannity could be heard saying: ‘Uh oh’ as he snatched the vape from his mouth.’

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

Sean Hannity being caught on camera while vaping in 2021

Sean Hannity being caught on camera while vaping in 2021

The Wall Street Journal which first reported the FDA’s ban does not mention all e-cigarettes, just Juul products

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

During Donald Trump’s presidency, when Hannity was considered a key advisor to the 45th president, the host was quoted as saying: ‘If you were hearing what I’m hearing, 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 ‘bats**t crazy.’  

Juul rocketed to popularity in the US in the 2010s, as its fruit flavored nicotine products became trendy among younger smokers – leading to the company also shouldering blame for increases in teen smoking.

Hannity made comments that compared the Biden administration banning Juul products while 'legalizing hard drugs'

Hannity made comments that compared the Biden administration banning Juul products while ‘legalizing hard drugs’

To limit rises in teen smoking, the FDA banned fruit flavored e-cigarette devices, and forced each company to apply individually to allow their products to remain on shelves. Juul was expected to have its application approved.

The report comes a day after the Biden Administration laid out plans to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to ‘non-addictive’ levels, as part of a greater push to curb smoking in America.

Juul has branded its products as devices that can help those addicted to nicotine slowly ween themselves off safely – as vape devices do not have many of the same downsides as smoking tobacco cigarettes do.

Instead, though, the fruity and mint flavors in many of its devices have led to many children and teens picking up smoking – when they likely would not have otherwise.

This has placed Juul, and the e-cigarette market in general, in the FDA’s crosshairs in recent years.

Juul has branded its products as devices that can help those addicted to nicotine slowly ween themselves off safely

Juul has branded its products as devices that can help those addicted to nicotine slowly ween themselves off safely

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

Refillable cartridge e-cigarettes that contain fruit or mint flavors were banned as well, though cartridges that are meant to be disposed of are still allowed for sale.  

Flavored products in particular are often the target of regulations because they are easier to use as a gateway for people that do not smoke already, since one of the primary deterrents to picking up tobacco is the 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 is much easier to get hooked on the fruity, tasteful, flavors.

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

‘With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation.’  

Under the new rules, a company hoping to market a fruit or mint flavored refillable device must first receive approval from the FDA – which rejected hundreds of them.

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

Disposable e-cigarettes and refillable cartridges account for over 80% of teen tobacco product usage in America

Disposable e-cigarettes and refillable cartridges account for over 80% of teen tobacco product usage in America

The CDC reports that more than 2.5 million students in the US were 'current' users of tobacco products in 2021. This includes 13% of high schoolers and 4% of middle schoolers

The CDC reports that more than 2.5 million students in the US were ‘current’ users of tobacco products in 2021. This includes 13% of high schoolers and 4% of middle schoolers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also published a study in March finding that more than 2.5 million US students had used a tobacco product of some sort in 2021 – a definition that includes nicotine devices that do not disperse tobacco.

Officials reported that 80 percent of tobacco use was attributable to disposable e-cigarettes and cartridge products – like a Juul.

In the study, around 2.06 million high schoolers – 13 percent of the study population – and four percent of middle schoolers – 470,000 participants – reported ‘current’ tobacco use.

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