Snoop Dogg, who has made a name for himself in the public eye by using a lot of marijuana, said that he is quitting smoking.
The unexpected news was posted on social media by the hip-hop artist, whose real name is Calvin Broadus.
“I’ve made the decision to stop smoking after giving it some thought and talking to my family. He wrote, “Please respect my privacy at this time,” on X., external and Instagram.
He didn’t say whether he was serious about quitting smoking or even what kind of smoking he was giving up.
A few followers conjectured that the post served as a promotional tool for his cannabis business, Leafs By Snoop.
“Today isn’t April Fools day Snoop,” said one.
“Snoop without smoke is like earth without water,” added another.
Ro Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, commented: “No more BBQ at uncle’s… the grill is off for the season.”
Snoop’s use of cannabis has been widely reported in both his music and interviews.
The 52-year-old rapper debuted on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic, which is named after a high-grade marijuana strain.
His lyrics have made numerous allusions to the habit throughout the years.
On his solo hit Gin And Juice, he rapped, “We gon’ smoke an ounce to this.” The 2022 Super Bowl halftime show featured a collaboration with Dr. Dre called The Next Episode, which featured the message, “Smoke weed every day.”
The artist said in a 2013 interview with GQ magazine that he smoked 80 joints of cannabis every day.
Two years later, Snoop started Leafs By Snoop. The business specializes on producing its own products, flowers, concentrates, and cannabis strains.
A few admirers speculated that the star’s sudden resignation might have been due to health issues.
One person posted on Instagram, “I had to give up smoking because I had a pulmonary embolism last year.”
I am aware of how challenging this change may be, particularly for someone like you. Take as much time as you require.”
“I quit a few months ago and literally [had] so much clarity since I stopped,” another commenter said. Best wishes, UNC.”
Another fan conjectured on X that Snoop was not completely giving up the drug.
“He’s switching to edibles in order to give his lungs a little respite. Chew on, victor.”
The anti-drug advising service Frank in the UK points out that excessive marijuana use can raise the risk of lung cancer.
In addition, symptoms like anxiety, paranoia, sleeplessness, appetite loss, and hallucinations can appear in long-term users. Additionally, the medicine may raise your risk of getting schizophrenia.
For further information regarding Snoop Dogg’s statement, the BBC has reached out to his agents, but they have not responded as of yet.