Caitlyn Jenner’s Home Burns Down! Woke Kim Kardashian Is Back! Leave Tucker Carlson Alone! AND… | Perez Hilton – Perez Hilton

Caitlyn Jenner‘s mansion in Malibu destroyed by deadly fire!

Kanye West targeted in shooting!

Kim Kardashian may surprise you with her latest action!

Tucker Carlson does not deserve to be targeted at his house by protestors!!

We think we know why Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are getting married before Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner – even though they got engaged after them!

And more of today’s hottest topics, including Hilary Duff, Tom Hiddleston, Adam Driver, Meg Ryan and MORE! Watch! LINKS BELOW!

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CAITLIN JENNER’s mansion destroyed by flames:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-09-caitlyn-jenner-malibu-home-destroyed-california-wildfires/

KARDASHIANS evacuate homes:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-09-kim-kardashian-kourtney-kardashian-khloe-kardashian-forced-evacuate-homes-huge-california-fires/

KIM KARDASHIAN visits prisoners:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-09-kim-kardashian-visits-prison-before-evacuating-calabasas/

KANYE WEST and Tekashi music video shoot attacked with bullets:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-09-shots-fired-set-kanye-west-nicki-minaj-tekashi-6ix9ine-music-video/

TUCKER CARLSON victim of antifa ambush at his home:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/08/media/tucker-carlson-protestors/index.html?utm_term=image&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-11-08T17%3A17%3A54&utm_source=twCNN

NICK JONAS and Priyanka Chopra obtain marriage licenses:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-08-nick-jonas-priyanka-chopra-already-got-their-marriage-license-get-more-wedding-deets/

FLIGHT ATTENDANT gives her boob milk to baby:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/flight-attendant-breastfed-passengers-baby-mid-flight-mother-runs-formula-163304344.html

HILARY DUFF drank her placenta:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-09-hilary-duff-drank-placenta-smoothie-delicious/

TOM HIDDLESTON to star in Loki TV show:

https://tvweb.com/loki-tv-series-disney-streaming-tom-hiddleston/

ADAM DRIVER and his wife have a secret 2 yo child:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-09-adam-driver-might-have-2-year-old-son-world-doesnt-know-about/

MEG RYAN and John Mellencamp engaged:

https://perezhilton.com/2018-11-08-meg-ryan-john-mellencamp-officially-engaged/

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Here’s Why Having Herpes Is Kinda NBD Betches

I’ve had my fair share of “herpes scares,” one of which led to me dragging my friends into a bar bathroom so they could watch me spread my ass cheeks and inspect my literal butthole for bumps. In my defense, that area is hard to get a good look at with a hand mirror. Anyway, these instances always ended the same: my friends assured me I was fine, I went and got tested at the local clinic, and then two weeks and five thousand panic attacks later, I was told that my results came back negative. Every time, my friends reminded me that “of course” I didn’t have herpes. I used condoms and herpes was a big, bad thing that didn’t just happen to anyone. But then one night, I sent an incredibly graphic photo of the inside of my labia to a friend asking her if she thought it was the herp, as you do, and she advised me to go get tested ASAP. She didn’t seem as convinced as usual, but she still assured me that I was “probably fine.” I went through the usual process, but it quickly became more and more clear that this time was different. Sure enough, when my results came back…they were positive. And here’s the thing: I had used condoms. As it turns out, herpes can just happen to anyone, and TBH it’s not even a big or bad deal. Sorry for being so chill but like, herpes is supes common and doesn’t even affect my health. I’ll tell you more about this by the end of the essay, but so as to not keep you completely on the edge of your seat, the answer is yes, I still f*ck.

Not to be a bitch, but more than one in six Americans has genital herpes. And oral herpes is even more common. More than 50% percent of Americans have oral herpes, although people seem to care less about this. Oral herpes is “just cold sores,” and yet genital herpes is “social suicide.” But the truth is, they are almost identical viruses. In fact, the virus I have is HSV-1, which is associated with oral herpes, but it activated on my gennies (I will be referring to my genitals as gennies to make this more fun). This means I probably got HSV-1 when someone with oral herpes went down on me.

HSV-2 is the virus that is referred to as genital herpes, and it’s not completely identical in its makeup to HSV-1, but it’s pretty damn close. Both viruses can show up on your body as sores, although both usually do not show up at all. Approximately 80% of people with genital herpes never notice any symptoms, either because they don’t get any, or because they are so mild they don’t realize what they are. This is part of why herpes is so common: most people who have it don’t realize they do, so they transmit unknowingly (so it’s actually much less likely to get herpes from someone like me, since I know I have it and can therefore take the necessary precautions to not spread it. Just as a like, PSA re: f*cking me).

On top of this, most standard STD tests don’t include a herpes test. If you’re thinking “WTF??,” you and I have something in common. The CDC doesn’t recommend testing people without symptoms for herpes, which doctors may tell you is because they assume the stigma of having herpes is greater than the health risks, so unless you need to treat symptoms, there’s really “no point” in testing you. This is what one of my sexual partner’s doctor told her after I suggested she go get tested when I received my diagnosis. Of course, letting people live in “ignorant bliss” by not testing the 80% of people with herpes who don’t have symptoms only leads to the virus being spread more. But according to doctors, this is to stop people from dealing with the stigma. So let’s talk about the stigma, shall we?

The first thing I did when my gynecologist told me I have herpes was openly cry on the streets of New York. Then I got blackout drunk. You know, the usual two-step process to hearing bad news. But I soon learned that herpes isn’t that bad, at least physically. My doctor prescribed an antiviral pill, which I can take daily in order to prevent outbreaks and decrease the chances of transmission. With these meds, plus the use of condoms, my doctor told me there is about a 1% chance of me transmitting herpes to someone during sexual contact, so long as I’m not experiencing an outbreak (sores). I’m not great at math (I’m hot), but I can tell those chances are like, really low. My doctor assured me that even if I ever experience another outbreak, it will never be as bad as the first one. Outbreaks are less severe and less frequent over time. Plus, after doing some research online, I learned that the type of herpes I have—HSV-1 on my gennies—makes outbreaks even less likely. HSV-1 is a less aggressive virus than HSV-2, and it’s likely I’ll never have another outbreak again. I literally may never see another sore on my lil gennies, and it’s very unlikely that I’ll transmit the virus to anyone else. So what’s the big deal then? Stigma, that’s what.

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No joke, this photo was literally taken on the train home from my gyno post-herp news

I noticed the stigma right away. Wherever I went, it felt like I had a dirty secret, and not in the fun, flirty way. Whenever a guy at a bar smiled at me, all I could think about was how I had this thing that made me “unf*ckable.” I knew herpes was bad because we were all so afraid of getting it, and I’d heard plenty of jokes about how herpes is disgusting, for whores, ruins your life forever, etc. And as someone who has spent a lot of her life battling slut-shaming, it felt like my karmic punishment. I felt ashamed, gross, and unsexy. But the thing is, this was all stigma’s fault, not herpes’. Herpes is a benign skin condition. It poses little to no health risk, and it barely shows up physically. It’s very common, and yet we talk about it as if it’s this awful disease that only the unlucky and the unwanted get stuck with. Call me radical, but I think that’s f*cking stupid.

So many of us are living with herpes, but we aren’t talking about it. A lot of us don’t want to because we’re embarrassed. I was at a Post Office recently where an employee made a herpes joke, and part of me wanted to yell, “Oh yeah, well I have herpes, so FUCK OFF,” but instead I just pretended to laugh along. That sh*t needs to change. We need to stop talking about herpes in a way that stigmatizes the many people who have it. And I completely understand that people may not want to contract herpes, but I can tell you having it has certainly not been the end of the world for me. I just wish we would talk about it more openly and realize how NBD it is, so the emotional impact of having herpes would be as minimal as the physical one. Doctors aren’t testing people without symptoms because they don’t want people to have to deal with the stigma, but pretending that herpes isn’t so common and not addressing how simple it is to deal with makes that stigma so much worse for those of us who have had symptoms.

And now, as promised, I will tell you how having herpes has affected my sex life. For the most part, it hasn’t slowed me down. I went on Tinder a bit after getting my results and tested out the waters. My approach was messaging matches and saying, “Hey what’s up, how you doing, I have herpes.” And to my surprise, most people still seemed interested in hitting up bone zone. Of course, some weren’t as comfortable with it. One guy thought that meant I had constant open sores on my vag that would never, ever go away, which I thought was LOL. Like, if that were the case, I would def not be trying to put anything inside me, let alone a d*ck. That would hurt so bad. Anyway, there have been people who, upon hearing I have herpes, are not willing to have sex with me. And that’s okay. I respect that. In fact, in a way, it’s made being intimate with someone a more communicative activity. And honestly, that’s pretty dope.

I’ve always been very attached to my sexuality, sometimes to a fault. I’m definitely still working on coming to terms with all of this, but I will say that my herpes diagnosis has helped me realize that while I love and cherish my sexuality, it does not define me. Just like having herpes does not define me. I was worried having herpes would mean I could no longer connect with my sexuality, but in many ways it has helped me become even more comfortable with it. I have herpes, and tbh, it’s kind of chic. All adventurous girls do, babe.

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Kylie Jenner Reveals How She Got Her ‘Flat Tummy’ After Giving Birth To Stormi Webster! – Perez Hilton

Kylie Jenner is one sexy momma!

Over a year after giving birth to daughter Stormi Webster in February 2018, the Life of Kylie star appears to have her old body back.

On Tuesday, when a fan asked on Instagram Live how she “got a flat tummy again,” the 21-year-old responded:

“Honestly, it’s all about diet for me… I’m naturally just a really skinny person… like [sister] Kendall Jenner, but not like Kendall—she’s naturally like, model status… But, yeah, I always had a really flat stomach, but I never felt it went back to before Stormi until recently. And I feel like it has a lot to do with diet. Like, I really eat very crazy usually, like whatever I want—pizza, pasta, a lot of diary, and I just kind of cut that all out, and have just been eating better, and I feel like that’s the trick for me, personally.”

The KUWTK personality added:

“And I also think after a child, it really does take just as long to get your body back as it did to create a child… Because, I heard that from a  lot of people. Like, it takes a full year…it really does, it really does. I definitely feel back to myself again.”

According to a deleted tweet in March, Travis Scott‘s girlfriend gained 40 pounds during her pregnancy. The next month, Jenner said on Snapchat that she needs “to lose 20 pounds”… as she enjoyed a sheet pan of freshly baked rolls!

Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods are reportedly “working on rebuilding their friendship.” / (c) Kylie Jenner/Instagram

In regards to her pregnancy diet, the makeup mogul dished:

“I ate lot of Eggos—and if you know me, I hate Eggos, always have… But when I was pregnant, I was like mmm! I ate like three a day. I just ate like a magnitude of food—so much, so much food. And, I was having a girl, and they say when you’re having a girl, you crave more, like, sweets vs. salty, and that was true for me. Like, a lot of Krispy Kremes, a lot of sweets. Nothing weird or crazy, but just really sweet things—ice cream, just whatever I wanted.”

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As we wrote last Friday, a People source said “[Kylie and ex-BFF Jordyn Woods‘] friendship is not 100% over” following reports that the 21-year-old model allegedly had an affair with Tristan Thompson, which reportedly lead to his breakup with Khloe Kardashian.

Though they haven’t spent any time together, the two young ladies are texting. The insider continued:

“Although she doesn’t live at Kylie’s, Jordyn still has things there. She and Kylie aren’t socializing, but are in contact. They are texting each other.”

A second source said the two are “working on rebuilding their friendship.”

In an interview with Red Table Talk‘s Jada Pinkett Smith, Woods DENIED hooking up with Thompson, except for a goodbye kiss that HE allegedly initiated.

[Image via Kylie Jenner/Instagram.]

50 Things People Considered Normal While Growing Up, Only To Find Out Theyre Actually Weird

Growing up, we’ve picked up most of our day-to-day habits from our parents and guardians, learning to adapt to the world by observing and mimicking our surroundings. Most of the time, those routine practices are universal, so it’s small wonder that people just assume them to be normal and expect everyone to be on the same page. However, there are times when your world suddenly collapses as you realize you’re the only person in the room to call slippers ‘fuzzy-footsers’ or that no one in the world eats bananas whole, skin and all.

Did you have any mind-blowing revelations of your own? Share your stories with other bored pandas to feel less weird about being lied to your whole life!

#1

When I was little I was terrified spiders would eat me while I was sleeping on the top bunk, so my parents had this cool contraption that was a ‘spider-trap-setter’. They’d bring it in at bedtime, I’d point it around the room, and click the handle to set a ton of spider traps each night so I could sleep.
Fast forward to my fiancé and I registering for wedding gifts – he scanned a wine bottle opener (with the corkscrew and the arms that go up and down) and I immediately recognized it as a spider-trap-setter. It only then dawned on me that I’d been LIED TO,

#2

When I was a kid I had a tiny Sony stereo for cassettes. I really loved listening to music – and still do – and children’s stories. I would however only listen for like an hour or so a day, because I thought people inside the cassettes would become to tired and upset with me.

#3

I was probably 12 or so before I realized that not all kids spend their entire summer vacation farming. I spent my summer days weeding, picking veggies, tending hogs, cattle, chickens and I enjoyed every minute of it!

#4

My mom and aunt were identical twins. My aunt lived with us from the time I was born until first grade. I never realized until I started Kindergarten that not everyone had two moms that looked exactly the same and one dad. What a shocker.

#5

Growing up, whenever I would eat bananas my mouth would always hurt and sometimes go numb. Kind of similar to how it feels if you eat too much sour candy. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old that I say to my mom ‘Man, I hate the way bananas make your mouth hurt.’ She then brought me to understand THAT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. So yeah, turns out I’m allergic to bananas.

#6

In my family, it is a tradition that if somebody bends over they are going to get a swat on the behind. I figured out pretty young that this wasn’t “normal” but continued the tradition anyway. At least until my son was about 4 or 5, and we were at the grocery store. A lady in the aisle in front of us dropped her can of pears, and I’ll be damned if my lil’ rascal didn’t run up all excited and swat her on the butt. She spun around with a shocked expression while I made apology after mortified apology. She was cool though. She laughed and said, “It’s okay, honey. That’s the cutest guy that’s swatted me on the butt in a long time.” Props to her, but we still discontinued the practice at home after that.

#7

For the first two or three years after I was potty trained, I thought that everyone peed standing up. So there I was, a little girl with impeccable aim.

#8

My family poops big. Maybe it’s genetic, maybe it’s our diet, but everyone births giant logs of crap. If anyone has laid a mega-poop, you know that sometimes it won’t flush. Growing up, this was a common enough occurrence that our family had a poop knife. It was an old rusty kitchen knife that hung on a nail in the laundry room, only to be used for that purpose. It was normal to walk through the hallway and have someone call out “hey, can you get me the poop knife”?
I thought it was standard kit. You have your plunger, your toilet brush, and your poop knife.

#9

I grew up in the country and firmly believed that ice cream trucks were myths and that they only existed on TV shows.

#10

When I was in kindergarten, I wore my Batman costume to school EVERY DAY! Under clothes, over clothes, rain or shine. Since my mom wasn’t the type to crush my dreams of saving Gotham City or to enforce gender roles on me, I was free to be Batman(without judgement) until the middle of first grade when the other girls stopped wanting to play with me.

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CNN And Fox News Agree Which Scientist To Go To

Thousands of scientists and their allies marched around the world in defense of scientific research on Saturday, but the right-wing crackpot media didnt see fit to interview any of them.

Rather, in covering Saturdays vast marches for science, Fox News and CNN both turned to a physicist named William Happer, who has found a niche as well as a hearing from the denier-in-chief in the Oval Office, and has said he would take the job of White House science adviser if it were offered to him. Happer has retired as a physics professor at Princeton, but in the eyes of Fox, firmly riveted to their dogmas, he remains a Princeton professor.

Fox News interviewer said to Happer, Im wondering what they [the marchers] have wrong. Happer replied: Most of them dont know any science. Its sort of a religious belief for them.

Now, how Happer knew what most of the marchers knew and didnt know was not clear, any more than it was clear to Trump-loving blowhard Alex Jones that the marchers were anti human, globalist useful idiots who, unlike patriotic sports fans, left mountains of trash around Washington.

To Happer, the 97 percent of climate scientists who affirm that climate change is caused by human activity are mistaken. He who has never conducted any research on the subject feels entitled to trash those who have done so, and Fox News, which knows as much about science as Roger Ailes and Bill OReilly know about women, cheerfully books him. Is this the old Fox News or the new one? I lose track.

On another occasion, Happer told The Guardian that climate scientists are a glassy-eyed cult. He was more muted on Fox News, saying that those who worry about human-caused climate change are addressing phantom problems.

CNN gave him a chance to trumpet one of his pet themes: heralding the wonders of carbon dioxide, calling it a perfectly natural gas. Its just like water vapor. Its something that plants love. There he was balanced by activist May Boeve and science guy Bill Nye. (Were no climate scientists available for the green room?) On another occasion, availing himself of the hospitality of Rupert Murdochs Wall Street Journal editorial page, he declared his affection for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, considering it a boon to plant life. For most plants, and for the animals and humans that use them, more carbon dioxide, far from being a pollutant in need of reduction, would be a benefit

Original as it may sound, bring-on-the-CO2 is an old theme for climate doubt-mongers, running back to the early 1990s, and no better defended today than before, when it was promoted by the Western Fuels Association to fight back against the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which committed the signatories, including the government of the United States, to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference in the climate system. Then too, as the science historian Naomi Oreskes wrote, the deniers intended to create the impression that global warming was the subject of active scientific debate, so a crucial component was the use of scientists as spokesmen.

Those cherry-picked scientists were artists of distortion and exaggeration. For fossil-fuel industry propaganda, they were the most useful of idiots.

And so on down to Happer, who is no slouch at metaphor, having said: The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. If he gets the White House job, he can have some rollicking conversations with Sean Spicer.

No matter that Happers specialty is atomic physics, not climate. Indeed, here is how Happer introduces himself on his Princeton faculty page: I am interested in the physics of spin-polarized atoms and nuclei, and in the application of these spin-polarized systems in other areas. Like spin-polarized professors, perhaps. But the crackpot media find it convenient to equate all scientists as soon as they find one who fits the help-wanted description. Their principle seems to be: In the dark, they are all the same.

So, too, Fox News second-tier go-to guy, Michael Guillen, who was given op-ed space on Fox News the day before the march. Guillen holds a Cornell doctorate in theoretical physics, mathematics and astronomy, and subsequently was a science editor for ABC News. According to The New York Times late media reporter David Carr, writing in 2003, Dr. Guillen once approached Fox Entertainment with a story about human cloning by a company, Clonaid, owned by what other Times reporters called a religious sect that believes space travelers populated earth through cloning and that humanitys mission is to clone. Carr wrote that Guillen was offering an exclusive, and that he had approached

other news divisions and cable companies as well, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and HBO, media executives said. An executive at one network said the offer, which would have given his network little editorial control and would have meant significant payments to Dr. Guillen, was not the way we do things. The executive said the proposed exclusive documentary about the process of creating the first human clone was offered for a price in the low six figures.

This, Guillen said, was normal freelance activity. Thats what freelance reporters do every day of the week, he said. I have to earn a living. Whats wrong with that? Subsequently, he backed away from Clonaid, suggesting the clone scheme might be an elaborate hoax.

Guillen, in his Foxnews.com piece, writes: I cant bear seeing the organizers and partners of the so-called March for Science trying to politicize the scientific method. He has the gall to claim, as a hero of contrarians who fought against the establishments settled science, Albert Einstein.

Scientists construct hypotheses and evaluate them. They make mistakes. (Einstein made some too.) They also correct them. The whole community of science is the authority, not the individual. Unlike unthinking ideologues who preserve their dogmas solidly in cold storage, impervious to revision, scientists revise. Thats their business. They come up with models on the basis of plausible ideas, match them against evidence, and, when evidence suggests doubts about theory, search for better theory. But so-called conservatives are not so discriminating.

Just as there is no Planet B, as many March for Science signs pointed out, it is the height, or depth, of intellectual dishonesty to feature the scientist who matches your prejudice and ignore the arguments of the vast majority. Science is, to put it mildly, complex, so it is not surprising that among the legions of deep-pocketed fossil fuel companies and climate-change deniers there are a few dissenters who hold Ph.D.s. Scientific ignorance today is so widespread, and knee-jerk doubt so chic and widely promoted, that the nature of science as a self-correcting, collective enterprise is obscured.

The consequence of such dishonesty is not benign. In 1987, a Berkeley molecular biologist named Peter Duesberg published a contrarian article in a scientific journal arguing that AIDS was not caused by the HIV virus. The virus, according to Duesberg then and in subsequent articles, was a harmless hitchhiker on the actual causes, namely (1) illegal recreational drugs used by gays, and (2) antiretroviral drugs that had been introduced to fight AIDS. Although the overwhelming consensus among biologists was that HIV was indeed the cause of the disease, Duesbergs cause was taken up by a few other scientists. It was also taken up by right-wing promoters, and also, paradoxically, for a while, by some gay activists, although Duesberg had said that the AIDS epidemic was caused by a lifestyle that was criminal 20 years ago. Poking around on the internet, South African President Thabo Mbeki came upon Duesbergs work, with the result, according to the journal Nature, that

In 2000, Mbeki put Duesberg on a panel of AIDS advisers along with several other researchers who deny that HIV is the cause of AIDS. The resultant policies prevented the roll-out of ARV [antiretroviral] drugs in South Africa at a time when the country was in the throes of an AIDS epidemic, with a quarter of the population testing HIV positive. Since then, two studies have estimated that the lack of medication during Mbekis administration led to some 330,000 premature deaths.

Thanks to the Republican Party and its oligarch funders, we fall prey to contrarians who think that they alone can fix things. Last years Republican defense of willful ignorance, Im not a scientist, has a corollary: Ill tell you which scientists to listen to. (Perhaps this is the ultimate logic of their free-market fantasies.) And on this score, Donald Trump is no outlier: He speaks for his partys intellectual brutality.

No wonder scientists the world over took to the streets on Saturday partisans not of a party but of reason. Which makes all the difference.

This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com

Thanks to Naomi Oreskes and Aryt Alasti for assistance.

Viral frat bros donate 37 Taylor Swift tickets to Big Brothers Big Sisters

A “Shake It Off” lip dub video from the Transylvania University chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi-Beta Mu fraternity came full circle on its virality this week when 37 kids from the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program got to go to a Taylor Swift concert.

It’s been a strange journey.

Back in September of 2014, the frat brothers uploaded their lip dub to YouTube to help raise money for their team in the Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyLight The Night Walk.

The videowhich was shot in a single, cutless takegot way more pickup than the bros had expected, and within days Taylor Swift had vowed to invite them to her next Kentucky show on Twitter.

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Which brings us up to this month. Swift’s 1989 world tourwas scheduled to stop in Kentucky, and true to her word, she sent the fraternity enough tickets for each of the brothers and a date to attend.

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But instead of bringing dates, the brothers donated their plus-one tickets to their local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, and gave 37 kids the chance to come with them to see Taylor Swift live.

It was reportedly a lotof the kids’ first concert experience ever, and if the tweets are any indicator, everyone had a great time.

In true frat fashion, the brothers made custom T-shirts to commemorate the occasion:

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Then, during the seating process, Swift played the lip dub on the big screens:

And, as a cherry on top, Swift and her dad swung by to chat:

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The brothers may not have planned it this way, but their video might go down in the books as the most successful lip dub of all time.

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E-cigarette may become available on NHS – BBC News

Media captionHywel Griffith reports on new EU laws to be introduced on e-cigarettes

The UK medicines regulator has approved a brand of e-cigarette to be marketed as an aid to help people stop smoking.

The decision means e-Voke, produced by British American Tobacco, could be prescribed on the NHS.

Public Health England says e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco and help smokers quit.

But some experts, including the British Medical Association, say the benefits and harms are not yet known since e-cigarettes are still relatively new.

The Royal College of GPs said doctors would be reluctant to hand them out to patients without clear merits.

Around 10m adults – one in five – in the UK smoke cigarettes.

Many of these would like to or are actively trying to kick the habit and an increasing number are turning to e-cigarettes, the NHS says.

In the year up to April 2015, two out of three people who used e-cigarettes in combination with the NHS stop smoking service managed to successfully quit.

Prof Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, says e-cigarettes have become the most popular quitting aid in England.

And he thinks more people should benefit.

“Public Health England wants to see a choice of safe and effective replacements for smoking that smokers themselves want to use,” he said.

But Dr Tim Ballard of the Royal College of GPs said it would be unreasonable for the NHS to be asked to fund lifestyle choices for people.

“Potentially, there may be a place for the prescription of e-Voke as part of a smoking cessation programme, but GPs would be very wary of prescribing them until there was clear evidence of their safety and of their efficacy in helping people to quit,” he said.

“At the moment there isn’t the evidence and the guidance hasn’t been written to help GPs make those decisions.”


1. On some e-cigarettes, inhalation activates the battery-powered atomiser. Other types are manually switched on

2. A heating coil inside the atomiser heats liquid nicotine contained in a cartridge

3. The mixture becomes vapour and is inhaled. Many e-cigarettes have an LED light as a cosmetic feature to simulate traditional cigarette glow.

Different brands of e-cigarettes contain different chemical concentrations.


Deborah Arnott of Action on Smoking and Heath (ASH) said: “Electronic cigarettes are a much safer alternative source of nicotine for smokers than cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean they are risk-free and we would discourage anyone who’s not a smoker from using them.

“It is good news that an electronic cigarette has received a licence from the medicines regulator, as we know that they have been effective in helping smokers quit, and the cost, as part of a quit attempt, will be far lower than treating the diseases caused by smoking.”

Another type of nicotine inhaler which closely resembles a cigarette, called Voke, was licensed in 2014 to be marketed as an aid to help people stop smoking.