Cigarette Superstitions

Cigarette Superstitions

spookyboo's picture

I've always heard that if your cigarette goes out by itself twice that it means danger is around.  I think this traces back to the vietnam war, when soldiers used to get shot by lighting their cigarettes at night and by doing so, the enemy saw the glow in the wilderness.

Can anyone think of others?

I've always turned one cigarette upside-down in a pack since I first learned to smoke.  My friends and I used to refer to this cig. as "a lucky."  Where did this urban legend originate from?

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H3LLCAT's picture

I still do the lucky cig. Middle cig front row lol. Started doing it in high school. I don't know where it came from. Just that it's bad luck if you don't save that one to smoke last. I never heard of danger if your cig goes out. With the new FSC paper all cigs are going out early.Yell

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spookyboo's picture

I've noted the new change with the papers too.  They do go out by themselves sometimes (more often now).

Also have heard that if one side of the cig. burns faster then the other side, or if one side doesn't light right away, that it means "someone is thinking of you." 

I'm kind-of half curious that "the lucky cigarette" might have also came from service men in the armed forces.  Lucky Strike brand used to be pretty expensive and probably still is.  Perhaps when someone was "lucky enough to get one" they set it aside as a reserve in their pack in case they needed a more hard core cigarette during bad times?

We have a lot of veterans on this site so perhaps they might know?

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H3LLCAT's picture

Fire safety paper. Makes me mad. I went on a search engine because you got me wondering about this. I found several reasons for the Lucky. 1. Soldier's would smoke unfiltered backwards so the label wouldn't tell their country of origin. It works better then field stripping them. 2. It's an international thing to do. Not just here in the states. 3. It's a reminder to buy more, your running low. 4. So when you are low on cigs and someone tries to bum one you can say "Sorry only got my Lucky left." the last was the most popular answer.

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kaveman1969's picture

I'm a veteran of the first Gulf war....and a cigarette is a cigarette to me. Never had an issue with the way I lit or smoked one.

I did switch to Ultra Lights a while back though, but the pack seems to weigh the same.

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spookyboo's picture

Though this isn't about traditional tobacco cigarettes, I just remembered another urban legend we had about "smoking" from my teens.  It was "The Curse Of The Yellow Lighter."  Legend has it if you smoked pot in your car, using a yellow lighter, it would bring you bad luck or death. 

I knew one kid who heard of "The Curse Of The Yellow Lighter" and he routinely used one for tobacco and pot while toking in his car.  He quit smoking pot about a year before his accident, but still used yellow bics all the time for his cigarettes.  Anyways, he did die in a car accident.

I've used yellow lighters long before for cigarettes when I was in my teens, but definately not in a vehicle.

I totally forgot about this, but I haven't even bought a yellow lighter since, to use ANYWHERE, after my friends death. It was just something that stuck with me after the accident and didn't realize that it was a creedence to an urban legend from my teens until now. I just forgot.

 

Anyways, I wish the people who keep raising the sin tax on tobacco, were cursed. Really I do.

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tatiana2608's picture

I used to do the ol' lucky too but after awhile ...I said fuk it.. and just pack em.  None of my wishes every came true .. nor did i get any LUCKIER... lol  I figure...I make my own luck..

As to the Yellow lighter.. sounds like another kids story someone started..  Myself I have a habbit of buyin red lighters..I love the color red..as is my phone and my car.  So naturally mines red.. so everyone knows its mine.

As to my lighter I also have this habit of marking my initials on them..

To the cig goin out.. Yes I have had this unfortunate crap happen to me.. but as of lately.. I get some packs that do and some packs that dont... *shrugs*  You got me on that one lol ...But Im still goin to smoke em wether they go out or not.. I'll just relight it.  But then I am kinda happy bout it...cuz then I waste less of the cig when I pause to do something or check my phone.  All I say is more money in my pocket lol

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kaveman1969's picture

I have a friend that keeps telling me if I don't stop smoking I'll get cancer. F'ing weirdo.

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tatiana2608's picture

piece of crap.. im not writing this all over again lol

I had alot on here.. and bam .. all deleted when i posted it...

 

but hey.. of course it causes cancer.. read th side of the pack lol .. but doesnt about everything else cause cancer, diseases, or viruses???  lol smdh... its ur choice all in the end..your friend just cares about you.. but if you want to its fine.. anyhow we start dying from the first day we're born.. theres a bigger chance of you dying from walkin across the street or driving your car than you dying from cancer.. soooo *shrugs*

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joestoutenger's picture

the big deal over the going out quick paers is about people falling asleep with smokes in their hands and starting matress fires and burning up..here in New York the Gov. at the time George Pataki made it a law here..you can't buy long burning rolling papers or smokes here..I smoked Lucky's for 25 years and loved every one of em..switched to filter lights a few years ago..sure do miss my Lucky's..but they were getting to me..my vice is smokes and if ya think coffee is a vice then I got a big vice...lol..love this topic...Peace..Joe

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spookyboo's picture

Yeah, the cig. going out urban legend started back I think in WWI and WWII, before we had the null burning safety papers. 

Hey Joe, did the sin tax go up again where your at??? Heard that this was just the start of demonizing tobacco users yet again in several states. Most places you can't even take smoke breaks at work or on college campuses or at restaurants.  I do remember the good old days though.

Yeah, cigs do cause cancer and I wish I never started.  Tried to quit a billion times but cigarettes make me happy. Though I will have to try again.

I heard somewhere that in scientific studies; coal miners who had smoked at least ten years and quit, had a reduced rate of getting cancer then to their non / never smoking counterparts in the workplace.  Apparently, the tar gathered in the lungs to a minor extent, actually was blocking out other carcinogens which were more toxic to the lungs........ like coal dust. Strange but true.

So if we ever get hit by terrorists with nerve gas, I'm pretty sure I'll be ok as I can't breathe clearly and deeply anyways.

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