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After denying the dangers of smoking for years, Rush Limbaugh is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh announced on his show this week that he’s been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

The 69-year-old, cigar-smoking hothead said he’s been receiving treatment for the cancer since January 20, though he did not provide many additional details. “There are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here,” he told listeners.

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In the past, Limbaugh has said he deserves “a medal for smoking cigars” and has frequently downplayed the dangers of smoking.

In 2015, he denied second-hand smoke posed any threat.

“That is a myth,” he said on his radio show. “That has been disproven at the World Health Organization and the report was suppressed.”

“There is no fatality whatsoever. There’s no even 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.”

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He also falsely claimed that it takes at least half a century for smokers to develop lung cancer.

“Firsthand smoke takes 50 years to kill people, if it does,” he boasted. “Not everybody that smokes gets cancer. Now, it’s true that everybody who smokes dies, but so does everyone who eats carrots.”

The news of Limbaugh’s diagnosis has drawn a wide reaction on Twitter…

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