FORMER politician and presidential election hopeful Bob Dole has revealed he has stage-four lung cancer at the age of 97.
Dole, from Russell, Kansas, represented the state in Congress for almost 36 years before resigning from the Senate in 1996 to challenge Bill Clinton. But who is Dole and what has he said about smoking?
It is not known if Bob Dole himself smokes or has ever taken up the habit[/caption]
Does Bob Dole smoke?
It is not known if Bob Dole himself smokes or has ever taken up the habit.
But Dole has become synonymous the Big Tobacco companies after making a series of shocking remarks about the effect of smoking on health.
During a visit to tobacco-growing Kentucky, the Republican said it was not necessarily addictive.
On February 18, 2021, Dole – a World War II veteran – revealed he was in the midst of a battle with an aggressive stage-four lung cancer.
“While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” Dole said.
On February 18, 2021, Dole – a World War II vet – revealed he was in the midst of a battle with aggressive lung cancer[/caption]
What has Bob Dole said about smoking?
When challenged on “The Today Show,” he declared “there’s a mixed view among scientists and doctors whether it’s addictive or not,”.
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He added that he thought Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, a tobacco critic, had been brainwashed by the “liberal media.”
At the debate, Dole refused to budge when challenged by an audience member who described himself as a 30-year ex-smoker: “Are they addictive? Maybe — they probably are addictive. I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. You shouldn’t smoke.”
“My personal observations are that for some people it is addictive, and for others it may not be,” he added.