Snoop Dogg took to Instagram this week to shock his fans and followers by announcing that he will be quitting smoking.
The rap legend posted an image to Instagram of himself with text on it that says: “After much consideration & conversation with my family, I’ve decided to give up smoke. Please respect my privacy at this time.” The image has Snoop’s signature at the bottom of the message and is captioned: “I’m giving up smoke.”
Naturally, this news from the king of Mary Jane threw fans and followers for quite a loop. Many took to the comment section to laugh at the joke and even try to call him out on pranking his followers. Former NFL player Marshawn Lynch was one of those not convinced, commenting “April fools!!!!”
Others are backing the decision and wondering if Snoop is facing any health issues that would make him want to stop smoking, with one fan saying “health above anything else. Snoops setting a great example to everyone. Respects.” Other celebrities have responded to the news as well, taking it in different ways, with a supportive Conor McGregor commenting: “Best of luck Snoop! We are with you all the way,” and a confused Chuck Inglish who said: “Yeah. The simulation is cooked.”
The 50-year-old rap icon has been known for his smoking habits his entire career, rarely being seen at a performance without a blunt in his hand. Several videos have gone viral over the years of Snoop smoking at seemingly inappropriate times, but it was entirely acceptable because it was Snoop. Major events including the MTV VMA’s in 2021 and the Super Bowl have seen Snoop smoking his grass.
Earlier this year Snoop told reporters that he was planning to cut back on smoking since becoming a grandfather; he wanted to maximize his health for his family. He told Daily Mail that “being a grandfather has changed me in multiple ways. The main way is being concerned with how I live, how I move, the kind of people I’m associated with, because I want to see my grandkids grow old. The only way I can do that is to take precautionary steps as far as how I move, who I hang out with, where I go out, my intake, what am I intaking. Am I doing extra- curricular or am I just doing what I’m supposed to be doing?”
It seems safe to assume that his decision is heavily based on his family and wanting to keep himself healthy for them, so no hate can go to Snoop.
You can check out Snoop Dogg’s announcement on his Instagram here.