Health & Fitness

By Kimberly McDonald


This is my personal plea to all smokers out there: quit. I know it isn’t easy, but it is worth it. This month we will observe The Great American Smokeout on the 20th. The idea is to give nicotine up for just one day, and determine if you’re ready to give it up for good. As with anything else, one day at a time is the only way to success. For helpful information and resources visit

Now that I’ve given you a bit of a lecture, and probably have my fellow Carolinians in a huff, wondering what they’ll do with all the tobacco ya’ll aren’t smoking, let me give you some fantastic options for how those leaves can be used in a way that won’t harm you.

Not many women want to snuggle up to a man who smells like cigarette smoke, we all know this. Try giving your favorite guy cologne that has notes of tobacco and see how quickly you change the tune. Yep, tobacco is one of the hottest most sensual derivatives in the fragrance world. There is L’Eau D’Issey by Issey Miyake, with its citrus-tobacco mix, and Dolce & Gabbana, which also uses tobacco along with sage, cedar, lavender, orange and lemon in their signature men’s scent. But the ones who really got it right are the folks at Dunhill. Big surprise, huh? Tobacco blended with notes of musk, tonka bean, sandalwood and lemon – these are the secret weapons of the uber-masculine Dunhill Man. All of these scents for men are available online at or at Sephora retail stores nationwide.

Another use for the leaves of these American plants that sprout tubular flowers and are cultivated for the use of their leaves also burns. Nope, I’m not suggesting you switch from ciggies to a pipe. Jamais, mon chou! I am talking about lighting up a candle! The clever people at Archipelago have come up with an amazing scented blend that will warm up the atmosphere in any home. The Archipelago Havana candle owe their amazing scent to the combination of Bergamot and Tobacco. Archipelago candles are available online at or for store locations call 800.399.4994

Make Up Forever is known for their amazing, vanilla-infused lip glosses that are non-drying, and waterproof without being thick or tacky. So how great is it that one of the best colors in the line is called Tobacco? OK…not exactly using fragrant leaves from the farm in Carolina but hey, cut me some slack here. I’m in a state of euphoria, typing away with my Havana candle burning. In all seriousness, Make Up Forever’s Tobacco Lip Gloss is an ‘everyone can wear this’ natural shade of pinkish brown that you’ll want to own. You’ve been thinking about trying their glosses anyhow, you know it, so head over to Sephora and pick one up. In keeping with topicals, Caldrea makes a hand cream called Rose Tobacco. Essential oils of rose, sage, and sweet tobacco come together in a rich emollient cream that will keep your hands moisturized as well as smelling absolutely amazing, throughout the winter months. Available at

This month, try to enjoy tobacco without ingesting tar or buzzing on nicotine. You’ll do your lungs, hair, skin, teeth, and clothing a huge favor. Don’t worry about all those tobacco farmers. I’ll welcome their hate mail.

So what’s the root of my rampage? Last year I lost my grandfather to lung cancer. This is an important cause. Join your fellow Americans on November 20th, whose participation ensures they’ll make smarter decisions about how they treat their body and spend their money.


Originally published November 2005



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