Stephen Colbert at the TCA Summer Press Tour 2015 in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2015.
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October 28, 2015 10:53 AM EDT

Processed meats have been making headlines recently due to studies that find foods like hot dogs, ham, and bacon raise the risk of colon cancer.

Stephen Colbert was not happy about this news. As he said on Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show, Colbert “lives for meat” and knows his kids won’t come downstairs to the scent of him washing Kale.

According to ‘doctors,’ I can’t smoke and I can’t eat bacon,” Colbert said. “But they haven’t said anything about smoking bacon.”

The host then stuffed bacon into a pipe and smoked it, realizing that it was actually better than he imagined. “But be careful,” Colbert warned. “The pork these days is so much stronger than it was in the ’60s.”

Watch the clip above to see Colbert take down “smug vegetarians.”

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