- Author, Marc Sauvage
- Role, BBC Music Correspondent
Snoop Dogg, who built a public persona around his heavy marijuana use, says he’s quitting smoking.
The hip-hop star, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, made the surprise announcement on social media.
“After much thought and conversation with my family, I have decided to quit smoking. Please respect my privacy at this time,” he posted on Instagram and x.
He did not say what form of smoking he was quitting, or even if he was serious.
Some fans speculated that the post was part of a marketing stunt for his cannabis company, Leafs By Snoop.
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Others reacted with disbelief.
“Today is not April Fools Snoop,” one said.
“Snoop without smoke is like earth without water,” added another.
Ro Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, commented: “No more barbecue at uncle’s…the grill is closed for the season.”
Snoop’s cannabis use has been well documented in his music and interviews.
The rapper, 52, made his debut on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic, the title of which is a slang name for high-grade marijuana.
Over the years, his lyrics have contained multiple references to this habit.
“We’ll smoke an ounce for that,” he rapped on his solo single Gin And Juice. The Dr Dre collaboration The Next Episode – which opened the Super Bowl halftime show in 2022 – carried the observation: “Smoke weed everyday.”
In 2013, in an interview with GQ magazine, the artist said he smoked 80 joints of cannabis per day.
He founded Leafs By Snoop two years later. The company specializes in manufacturing its own cannabis strains, concentrates, flowers and edibles.
Some fans have suggested the star’s apparent decision to quit could have been made for health reasons.
“I had a pulmonary embolism last year and had to quit smoking too,” one wrote on Instagram.
“I know how difficult this transition is, especially for someone like you. Take all the time you need.”
A second comment added: “I quit a few months ago and I’ve literally had so much clarity since quitting. Congratulations uncle.”
On X, another fan speculated that Snoop wasn’t completely giving up drugs.
“He’s switching to edibles, letting his lungs rest a bit. Eat up, champ.”
Frank, the UK’s drug advisory service, notes that excessive marijuana use may increase the risk of lung cancer.
Long-term users may also develop symptoms such as anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, loss of appetite, and hallucinations. The medication may also increase your chances of developing schizophrenia.
The BBC has reached out to Snoop Dogg’s representatives for more context on his statement, but has yet to receive a response.
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