Posted by Tatiana Rodriguez | Filed under Cigarette Smoking
I have to admit, when I smoked cigarettes, I thought it was because it was cool. Honestly. Seriously. How dumb does that sound? “Looking cool” is so en vogue when you are a teenager, and fitting in is usually the top priority. Everything from being a cheerleader to being the Prom Queen to being the “most popular” certainly makes high school an emotional time. One of the most challenging decisions I made when I was in high school was the “choice” (if you call it that) to smoke cigarettes. You see, all the cool kids were doing it, so what did I have to lose?
I’ll leave my dumb high school flashbacks in the closet and just admit that I smoked cigarettes at the time because “everyone was doing it.” While that may not be the right answer, it certainly resonated with me and justified sucking down cancer sticks at every party or social outing – but that led me to think – who else was smoking cigarettes that made it cool?
So, today’s post is about famous cigarette smokers. I spent a lot of time on this one, and am really happy with the outcome, so please tell me your thoughts at the end of the article and let me know if I left anyone out!
Trying to name a movie featuring Johnny Depp NOT smoking is like trying to find the Bermuda Triangle and come back to talk about it. In one of my favorite Johnny Depp Movies, Blow, Johnny Depp plays the part of George Jung, the cocaine kingpin who helped route Colombian product from the Medellin Cartel to US soil. Depp’s character is constantly smoking as he deals with the likes of Pablo Escobar and other outlaws. Ditto for Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, and Donnie Brasco.
The item that makes Johnny Depp so perfect for this list is the fact that he smoked an electronic cigarette in the movie “The Tourist.” While the movie got mixed reviews, the scenes with co-star Angelina Jolie where Depp’s character uses an electronic cigarette certainly helped put electronic smoking on the map.
Drew Barrymore smokes “2-3″ packs of Marlboro Reds per day and started her habit at the tender age of nine! If that isn’t disturbing enough, take into consideration that she also was drinking at age 11, smoking marijuana at age 12, and doing lines of cocaine at age 13. Luckily she made it to rehab at age 13, but after the short stint, she attempted suicide at age 14 and went right back.
Who said that cigarettes aren’t a gateway to something even more dangerous?
Model Kate Moss reportedly smokes 4 packs of Marlboro Lights each day and has smoked since age 12!
President of the United States Barack Obama is a smoker. While I wasn’t about to post photos of him that appeared to be edited with Photo Shop, I did find this (albeit old) photo of Barack Obama smoking a cigarette. I have to admit, for all the news feeds and websites I came across that confirmed Barack Obama is a smoker, there weren’t many options for photos. Sure, there were a few of him smoking cigars but I figure what man doesn’t light up a stogie in celebration once in a while?
Just because Robert De Niro plays the big shot in Italian Mafioso type movies and smokes cigarettes with the rest of the gang, does that mean he smokes in real life? Sources say YES, Robert De Niro is a social smoker but nothing more. In fact, in the movie Good Fellas, one blog I came across reported that he never inhaled throughout the numerous scenes where he is smoking a cigarette.
Much like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino has starred in many movies where he plays a man of power, often playing the role of the leader and most of the time, the villain that people cheer for. (Scarface, The Godfather come to mind.) While Al Pacino started smoking up to four packs of cigarettes in the mid 1980′s, he quit his two pack per day habit in 1994 in order to protect his voice. Thanks to IMDB.com for that tidbit of information! These days, they say, Pacino occasionally smokes herbal cigarettes and nothing more. Someone should send him an electronic cigarette starter kit!
Moving on to Rock Stars, Keith Richards has to be the number one smoker who comes to mind. Richards is the hard partying member of the Rolling Stones who recently gave up drinking in order to keep his health in order, but who refuses to give up smoking cigarettes. According to StarPulse.com, “Keith simply can’t start the day properly without the cigarette.”
Smoking doesn’t stop in Hollywood and in the Rock & Roll scene, however. Barack Obama isn’t the only political figure who has an affinity for cigarette smoking. Winston Churchill, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton – all smokers.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels = smoker. Albert Einstein smoked, as did Thomas Edison. Seems like great minds think alike, as they say.
There are plenty of examples above of macho men and “hunks” smoking cigarettes, but what about all the sexy ladies who smoke cigarettes? There are PLENTY of women who smoke, including: Raquel Welch, Sophia Loren, Shakira, Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Kate Middleton, and of course, Marilyn Monroe.
I’m going to list all the cigar smokers in another post, as it deserves it’s own space.
The last Gallup poll I found online stated that 21% of the American population had smoked in the last week. While that number is down from a prior update of 44%, clearly society is trying to make it “Look cool” to smoke. We see it in Hollywood, we notice our idols doing it, and the advertisements are prominent.
My dream is to one day report on the number of famous electronic cigarette smokers is greater than the number of cigarette smokers.
Let’s make that happen!
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