Fact Check: Snoop Dogg Did NOT Endorse Smoking Prevention Gummies Purportedly Created By Barbara O'Neill

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Fact Check: Snoop Dogg Did NOT Endorse Smoking Prevention Gummies Purportedly Created By Barbara O'Neill Fake Audio

Did Snoop Dogg endorse gummies that cause people to stop smoking and were the gummies created by alternative health practitioner Barbara O'Neill? No, that's not true: There is no evidence he has ever made such an endorsement. The video making the claim uses altered material for both Snoop Dogg and O'Neill.

The claim appeared in a post on Facebook on April 8, 2024. The video in the post featured a clip of Snoop Dogg, with audio resembling his voice that opened:

You know what, (bleep) cigarettes. I realized I needed to quit smoking as soon as possible when my buddy started having health problems one after another. And we are talking serious problems like COPD, shortness of breath and even heart attacks. So, I've tried to quit many times but man, those cravings took over every time, until someone from our circle brought these gummies for quitting smoking.

The rest of the video and the caption of the post suggest that the gummies are made by O'Neill, who uses books and social media to promote unproven health claims. After the footage of Snoop Dogg, a clip of O'Neill is shown in the video making the claim.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

snoop dogg quit smoking gummies FB post.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Apr 11 18:29:02 2024 UTC)

Lead Stories used Google to search for keywords (archived here) supposedly stated by Snoop Dogg in the video, as well as the phrase "'Snoop Dogg' 'Barbara O'Neill'" (archived here). We did not find any credible sources that confirmed that he ever made such an endorsement.

It's also clear that the audio in the video is not synced to the footage of Snoop Dogg. His mouth doesn't move when some words are played in the video. Lead Stories used Bing's reverse image search feature to find the original footage of him (archived here). It came from an interview (archived here) that aired on the late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on January 24, 2024. During the interview, he doesn't discuss quitting cigarettes or using gummies.

The short clip of O'Neill included in the video that makes the claim also uses fake audio. Lead Stories used Yandex's reverse image search feature to try to locate the original footage (archived here). We figured out that the footage is from a video published on YouTube on January 9, 2024, in which O'Neill explains the alleged harms of electromagnetic field exposure (archived here).

Lead Stories has debunked other claims related to both Snoop Dogg and O'Neill. We also regularly publish fact checks that refute the idea that certain celebrities endorse gummy products.

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