Rush is well-known for his excellence but how could he smoke cigars? Cigars make smoke which gets into the throat, and down past the lungs. Is smoking cigars the cause of Rush’s lung cancer? The connection is not solid but a healthy respect for the damage of smoke would lead away from smoking, especially smoking cigars which have a higher and stronger amount of smoke than cigarettes which are dangerous enough.
Smoking is not the sole cause of lung cancer, of course, but the American Lung Association reported it was the no. 1 cause — responsible for about 90 percent of lung cancer cases.
Rush said he quit cigarettes by the early 1980s, but he continued to smoke cigars and often was photographed puffing on a cigar.
On his show, Limbaugh talked about the glamour of smoking and how “cool” it was, the Daily News reported.
In 2011, he said, “I have long maintained that smokers deserve our gratitude,” the Daily News reported.
“In fact, I think somebody should be chosen and a smoker should be given the highest medal that this country gives out. Whatever it is. The Medal of Honor?” Limbaugh continued. “If not that, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Smokers are being told horrible things about themselves. They are being told they are rotten to the core, they are despicable. And yet they alone, practically, are funding children’s health care programs.”
Limbaugh’s 2015 pro-smoking rant began in response to a caller who questioned his logic that society should be thankful to smokers.
When Limbaugh said, “Smokers aren’t killing anybody,” the caller noted, “Except themselves.”
Limbaugh scoffed, “Yeah, but how long does it take? Firsthand smoke takes 50 years to kill people, if it does. Not everybody that smokes gets cancer. Now, it’s true that everybody who smokes dies, but so does everyone who eats carrots.”
Giving up smoking can decrease a person’s risk of developing cancer, but the the American Lung Association says, “You can still get lung cancer.”
Limbaugh also falsely stated that the World Health Organization had “disproven” the dangers of second-hand smoke.
“There is no fatality whatsoever,” Limbaugh falsely claimed. “There’s no … major sickness component associated with secondhand smoke. It may irritate you, and you may not like it, but it will not make you sick, and it will not kill you.”
In fact, the World Health Organization very explicitly says that second-hand smoke causes more than 1.2 million premature deaths per year; 65,000 children die each year from illness attributable to second-hand smoke.
In adults, second-hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, of course, as well as heart disease, WHO said. In infants, second-hand smoke raises the risk of sudden infant death syndrome; in pregnant women, it causes pregnancy complications and low birth weight.
Overall, WHO said the global tobacco epidemic is “the biggest public health threat the world has ever faced.” It kills more than 8 million people per year, with 7 million of those deaths the result of direct tobacco use, WHO said.
So the question is: how stupid was Rush’s decision to smoke cigars?