Right now, menthol cigarettes are the source of addiction for nearly half of all teen smokers. So while your taste buds are being fooled by the minty flavors, tobacco companies are seeing nothing but green.

Tobacco on its own is already highly addictive because of nicotine. But the tobacco companies add chemical additives to cigarettes to make them even more addictive. (1) Menthol is one of these additives – even in cigarettes not necessarily labeled menthol. Although most cigarettes contain some menthol, certain brands use menthol in greater quantities as a characterizing flavor, and market and advertise those brands as “menthol.”

Why menthol? Well, cigarette smoke can feel pretty harsh, especially if you have never or hardly ever smoked. Menthol reduces the harshness of cigarette smoke thanks to its cooling effects on the mouth and throat. (2)(3)So it’s not much of a surprise that young smokers, ages 12 to 17, use menthol at higher rates compared to adults, even compared to young adults ages 18 to 25. (4)In fact, studies show that young people who smoke menthols are significantly more likely to show signs of nicotine addiction than those who smoke non-mentholated cigarettes. (5)(6)(7)

And not only does menthol make cigarette smoking easier to start, it also makes it harder to quit.


2.4S. by Mathieu Bonnevie
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Full set / Album complet: A completely restored Porsche 911 2.4S ends his revival by a new saddlery. .#* Une Porsche 911 2.4S entièrement restaurée termine sa renaissance par une nouvelle sellerie.

Right now, tobacco companies are testing and reformatting creative ways to get teenagers addicted to tobacco. Don’t let them trap you.

It’s no surprise that tobacco companies have many tricks up their sleeves and will try just about anything to get you addicted to nicotine. Tobacco companies designed cigarettes with a deadly mix of chemicals. One of the chemicals added to cigarettes is ammonia, which is also commonly found in cleaning products. Ammonia in cigarettes increases the speed at which nicotine is delivered to the brain.

Many of these chemicals are used to trap you, like using cheese to trap a rat. Cigarette smoke also contains arsenic, the same chemical used in rat poison. They trap you and poison you. Like a rat in a lab.


You know what’s fucked?

When you refuse a sale to someone for alcohol/tobacco because they don’t have an ID, and they throw a fit, and you’re like, “Listen, I could get in huge trouble. I could be fired, arrested, and fined for selling to you without an ID.”


Did you not just hear what I said? I will not risk my job for your happy high, and you’re a fucking asshole for not giving a shit what trouble it could cause me. Go fuck yourself.


On Summer Attires

Despite the never-ending rules and alternatives for Summer suiting, considered by many the only respectable way for a proper gentleman to maintain its poise and elegance during warmer months, I find myself favouring more and more a deconstructed version of lightweight suits. Although the right choice of fabrics along with a superb fit do allow one to face the heat in a full suit, the truth remains it will never be the epitome of comfort, especially if your line of work involves spending time in the outdoors. This logical “epiphany” came to me during the last edition of Pitti where besides representing the blog, I’m also working as a street style photographer - two very distinct universes whose ideal attires are equally worlds apart. 

While on the one hand I need to run around and virtually stand in any position to get the shot,  making shorts/tee/sneakers the perfect combination, on the other I need to portray my everyday ensemble and style - after all, Pitti is the ultimate liaison between brands and blogs. Finding the right style balance between these two activities, namely during hot sunny days, has allowed me to review my own style and shape a new personal concept for Summery elegance. In fact, out of necessity, I was able to understand the importance certain garments and accessories have on my attires, thus redefining what I believe to be an unmatched combination for warmer months - bespoke pants, mtm/bespoke shirt, vest (optional) and loafers. The vest is optional since accessories also play a huge role, namely the Panama hat, shades and of course braces - the latter are the reason I pointed the vest as optional, since a fitted shirt with braces will look just perfect. 

For me, an exquisitely crafted pair of bespoke pants is a thing of beauty, an masterpiece of menswear whose unparalleled elegance immediately elevates the whole look: this high-waisted double pleated version by Sastreria 91, in a beautiful tobacco brown Holland and Sherry fresco wool, is a perfect example. The flawless draping is matched only by the superb construction and details. Similarly, a well fitted shirt is one of the fundamental pillars in a man’s wardrobe, especially nowadays with a burst in popularity and acceptance even in more conservative mediums, without being paired with a jacket. As I’m lucky enough to fit into a RTW size 38, this checked linen version is by Massimo Dutti - love how the navy adds contrast and the brown picks up the shades on the trousers. This time around I went with a handmade denim vest by Fortela instead of braces, an amazing piece made from stone washed Japanese denim on the front and featuring a vintage checked fabric on the back.

Details: washed denim vest by Fortela, checked linen shirt by Massimo Dutti, bespoke pants by El 91, tassel loafers by Herring Shoes, Panama by A Fábrica dos Chapéus, shades by Linda Farrow Luxe and watch by Rolex.

Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira

Ph: Filipa Alves

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