Larry King vaping

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Larry King coughs like a maniac while vaping, becomes a meme

He's out of practice.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 1, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:22 am CDT

Larry King was once a three-pack-a-day smoker, but after suffering a heart attack in 1987, the news veteran gave up cigarettes for good.

But even 30 years later, King knows good smoke when he smells it. And when somebody offers him a vape, he’s damn sure going to test it. He’s just not going to look too smooth when he takes a hit off the vape pen.

The lure of the cucumber-flavored vape apparently was too much to overcome for King, a lesson he rudely learned seconds later. Here’s the video of King’s experience, via TMZ.

Naturally, the internet loved it all.

King is 84 years old and, apparently, he’s not afraid to expand his horizons. And people respect that.

A sampling of the Facebook comments on the TMZ page.

“Dude has like 3 days left in him. He could drink bacon grease, smoke crack and juggle chainsaws if he wants.”

“At that age, do whatever the F you want.”

“He may as well go ahead and start doing heroin. He’s at that age where it just doesn’t fckn matter anymore.”

“He’s already 120 years old. Let him enjoy his final years.”

But through it all, it sounds like King wouldn’t mind going back to the tobacco.

“You know, people give me great credit,” King said, via the Cliff Edge in 2014. “I won a Lung Association award as a celebrity non-smoker, but to tell you the truth, if I hadn’t had the heart attack, I would never have stopped. I liked the feel of it, the taste of it. I didn’t wake up in the morning coughing. I didn’t hack. I wasn’t one walking around saying, ‘Jeez, these terrible things.’ I loved every drag I ever took.”

Except, obviously for the one just captured on video.

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*First Published: Dec 1, 2017, 9:16 am CST