Snoop Dogg’s announcement that he is giving up smoking is a bit of a head-scratcher for some fans.
The rapper and entrepreneur’s statement, shared Thursday in a black-and-white social media post, reads: “After much consideration & conversation with my family, I’ve decided to give up smoke. Please respect my privacy at this time.”
“I’m giving up smoke,” he added in the caption.
Many commenters – including Queen Latifah, Jhené Aiko and Maya Rudolph – showed their support for Snoop on in the comments. “You got this, Unc!!” Aiko wrote. Venezuelan singer and rapper Micro TDH chimed in, “Not smoking it’s the new smoking.”
But a few users wondered whether Snoop was being serious.
“Define… smoke,” actor Lamorne Morris wrote under Snoop’s Instagram post, while user @ambie02 asked, “Is it April Fool’s Day?”
T-Pain, who recently released the music video for his collaboration with Snoop Dogg, “That’s How We Ballin,” issued a disclaimer on X, formerly Twitter: “This video was filmed before @SnoopDogg stopped smoking.” Snoop is smoking in portions of the 6½-minute video.
“Stay strong Unc #support,” T-Pain added.
USA TODAY has reached out to Snoop Dogg’s representatives for more information.
In subsequent posts, Snoop referred to – but didn’t clarify – his vow to quit smoking. A couple hours after his initial post, he posted a selfie with the caption “Respect my privacy 💪🏾🙏🏾” followed by another selfie post the next day that simply included a gust of air emoji in the caption. In the slightly blurry photo, Snoop is looking off to the side.
“Hold strong, Snoop,” Zachary Levi commented.
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Snoop’s announcement came on the heels of his product launch with Martha Stewart of their “Best Buds Bags.” One user, @nicholaszazula, commented on Snoop’s post about the release with, “Didn’t he announce he stopped smoking 20 mins ago?”
According to Snoop’s statement to hip-hop music magazine The Source, the limited edition crossbody bag has “got it all. From my favorite lighter, favorite color, and dime-sized secret stash pockets to stash my favorite herbs.” The two also collaborated on a lighter collection that will debut next year, per The Source.
The “Gin and Juice” rapper has long-made mentions of marijuana in his music and has several businesses in the cannabis industry. He has a branded line of weed, Leafs by Snoop, and he joined the cannabis investment fund Casa Verde. Under that partnership, he launched a collaboration with TSUMo Snacks in 2022 to create Snazzle Os, cannabis-infused onion ring chips.
Last month, Snoop used the lit candles on his birthday cake to reignite his joint on stage at a Los Angeles benefit show co-hosted by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
“That’s what I’m talking about,” Reilly said.
Contributing: Anika Reed, USA TODAY
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