Does anyone remember back in 2000 when genius Vice President Mike Pence said smoking doesn’t kill? If you didn’t hear it then, you definitely won’t be able to un-hear it now!
Pence made his statement back in 2000 in an op-ed article and has taken back his claims ever since.
“Time for a quick reality check,” Pence wrote. “Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.”
It looks like good grammar is another issue Pence hasn’t quite grasped yet.
The fact is, scientific breakthroughs are being made every minute and scientists have proven that smoking does kill. According to Centers For Disease Control Prevention, smoking kills more than 480,000 people per year in the United States alone, which makes it the biggest cause of preventable death on the planet. So those FDA warnings on cigarette packets are there for a good reason!
Though the statement was made over 16 years ago, it did come over 50 years after the first link between smoking and cancer was made by scientists. There’s also the fact that Pence is yet to take back his poorly researched statement.
Just to put further fear in the hearts of American scientists, academics and researchers, Pence publicly aired his disbelief in evolution back in 2002 during a speech he delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives. What exactly does he make of Darwin’s theory of evolution? Just another theory.
A self-proclaimed Christian, Pence has also supported funding conversion therapy. If you’ve never heard of this seemingly innocent sounding therapeutic process, it consists of putting gay children and adults through a form of therapy, which includes giving patients electroshock therapy in order to experience pain at the thought of homosexual tendencies.
If Pence’s views and religious beliefs are anything to go by, we should expect a few changes in the White House during Donald Trump’s term.