Ask Babe: Le Smoking

Dear Babe,

I have been smoking menthol lights since I was 16 years old. I am now 21. I have been considering quitting but I think smoking is kind of chic. A lot of my favorite idols smoke (Courtney Love, Christina Ricci, Kate Moss etc). I know it’s totally bad for your skin, nails, lungs etc. but I am also deathly afraid of gaining ten pounds if I quit. What should I do?




Menthol Mike,

Why menthols? I’m not clear on menthols. What exactly is the point of them? Do you have an answer or is that one of those questions with no answer? Like, why is my bed so big? Or, how did Elle Fanning become so chic? Whatever, the question was about whether smoking is a good look or not, so let’s talk about it.

I would never/have never/will never condone smoking. I think smokers smell like smokey ass, their breath is abysmal more often than not, and their face skin usually becomes a nasty web of crinkly crow’s feet by the time they’re 33. On top of that, everyone is so convinced that smoking kills now, that some people won’t even date smokers. Like my bestie Genevieve, she only dates smokers if they have a Grammy or a Bentley. Not chic. All of this being said, I totally smoke sometimes because whatever. I don’t smoke but I do.

Does that help?

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