Monday, September 15, 2008
Camel Crush: WTF more chemicals?
OK, so I just found out about this new cigarette, Camel Crush. Sounds like a smoking giantess fetishist's wet dream, but unfortunately, I think it's far more sinister and disgusting.
It all sounds pretty neat-o upon first explanation: It's a regular Camel Full-Flavor cigarette, but there's this little plastic capsule in the filter, and when you crush it between your fingers, voila! You now have a menthol cigarette. Wowie zowie!
Here's the thing, though: what the fuck is IN that little capsule? I ventured to find out and came up mostly short handed and definitely unconvinced that this is a cigarette i would want to smoke. A few sources, in describing the Camel Crush, say that the capsule "releases a chemical". Uh oh, sounds yucky. Other sources say the capsule "releases menthol". Ok, that's a little nicer, though menthol - while it can be produced naturally, is often synthetic - especially in cigarettes. So either way I look at it, the Camel Crush is merely a GIMMICK. Nothing more, nothing less.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking - smoking is baaaad for you! Yes, it is. This message is not for you, however - it's for the folks who utilize their freedom of choice and decide to enjoy tobacco products. Smokers, please. Do not fall for this gimmick. If you've done any research on how pre-made cigarettes are manufactured, then you know that when you smoke a Marlboro, Camel, or any other pre-made cigarette (with perhaps the exceptions of American Spirits and Black Hawks/other Indian Reservation smokes) they are about 40% fresh dried tobacco, the rest can be anything from factory floor dust, to stale tobacco, assorted chemicals, dead insects, etc. Isn't that BAD ENOUGH without adding a dubious capsule into the filter that has god-only-knows-what in it?
Please start rolling your own, smokers. Aren't you tired of giving the government and tobacco companies so much of your money for a sub-par product? You could quit smoking, but I'm not planning on it so I won't preach to you to do that either. Just don't buy the gimmicks. It's all bullshit, tactics to get your money AND attract new smokers, particularly teenagers.