Celebrities aren’t right about everything, but every now and then they become trendsetters in a positive way.
Take vaping; there’s hardly an awards ceremony (or any celebrity public event for that matter) without at least one star holding an e-cigarette between their lips or a vaporiser in their hand.
But while they’ve been happy to be seen vaping, again and again, they haven’t spoken much of the matter. Until now that is.
Celebs talk about vaping
The first famous vaping advocate we’ll talk about is the beloved uncle of Britpop, Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays. Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview with The Guardian in which Ryder talks about switching from smoking to vaping:
“He puffs hard on his electronic cigarette…‘I’ve gone from smoking 25 a day to about five ‘cos of these. It wasn’t really that I wanted to give up smoking; it’s just that you can’t smoke anywhere these days.”
Whatever his reasons for switching, Ryder has managed to cut down on smoking cigarettes which is a great achievement.
Celebs vape on-air
A very different celebrity, Katherine Heigl, was among the first to publically praise the practice. She talked about her struggles and regrets with traditional smoking on Late Night with David Letterman.
She then began singing the praises of vaping, even producing an e-cig and vaping on-air. The glamorous Emmy-winning star of Knocked Up and Grey’s Anatomy said “You have no excuse now to smoke a real cigarette, you really don’t…this is saving my day.”
“This is remarkable,” Letterman replied, after trying it out. Check out the video of the interview here.
Vaping on the big screen
On a bigger screen, Johnny Depp took to vaping in the romantic thriller The Tourist. Sitting next to a No Smoking sign, his character tells Elise (played by Angelina Jolie): “Oh do you mind me smoking? It’s not a real cigarette, look! It delivers the same amount of nicotine, but the smoke is water vapour.”
Singers who vape
Singer Barry Manilow told The Telegraph that he and his whole stage crew have ditched smoking for vaping. “They do for me, my band and my crew, all of us who hated smoking but couldn’t stop,” he said:
“As a musician, I place it on the piano like I always do, and I’ve read articles on it, and they can’t find anything wrong with it.”
(The entertaining interview is well worth a read, and discusses vaping from the very first sentence.)
Celebrities are now also praising the effect that vaping has had on their famous friends. Amanda Holden says that her friend and Britain’s Got Talent colleague Simon Cowell has finally quit smoking thanks to e-cigarettes. She told The Daily Mirror:
“Simon does not smoke any more. He has got a vaporising cigarette instead. He smokes air, or rather water. It’s amazing.”
When they’re not endorsing vaping with their words, they let their actions speak: Carrie Fisher vaped throughout an interview on The Today Show; Sean Penn had an e-cig in his mouth at the charity event for the Clinton Global Initiative conference; Natasha Lyonne, from hip show Orange is the New Black, also vaped live on TV, while being interviewed by Rosie O’Donnell.
Vaping is a hot new trend
Have any of these celebs convinced you to switch from smoking to vaping? Yes? We’d love to hear your views about vaping and the celebs.