Friday February 27th 2015

Can you get addicted to black and milds?

Can you get addicted to black and milds?

Yes. You can get addicted to the nicotine found in Black and Milds. Nicotine, a component of tobacco, is the primary reason that tobacco products like Black and Mild are addictive.

But aren’t Black and Milds safer than other types of cigars? How does tobacco and nicotine affect you while smoking cigars? And is smoking cigars addictive?  We explore these questions here and invite you to ask your questions at the end.

Are Black and Milds safer than other cigars?

Sorry. No they are not safer. Black and Milds are a type of cigar called a “cigarillos”, which are typically smaller than regular cigar in terms of diameter and length. Black and Milds are a little bigger than little cigars and cigarettes and contain about 3 grams of tobacco each. But even though Black and Milds are smaller, they are just as harmful to you.

Black and Milds deliver a wide range of chemicals which can modify behavior. Each Black and Mild you smoke contains cancerous chemicals, plus carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, ammonia, cadmium and nicotine. Even if the smoke is not inhaled, high levels of psychoactive chemicals like nicotine can still be absorbed into the body. And although nicotine is absorbed through the mucosal membranes in the lining of the mouth (or in accidental lung inhalation) and reaches peak blood levels and the brain more slowly, its effects are intoxicating. And it’s the nicotine (and possible other chemicals in tobacco) that can get you addicted.

Black and Milds: What causes the “kick”?

Immediately after exposure to nicotine, you experience a “kick” to your system. This kick is caused because nicotine stimulates the adrenal glands, causing a discharge of epinephrine (adrenaline). The rush of adrenaline stimulates the body and causes an increase in blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate which can be measured. And if you love this effect and smoke Black and Milds to get it, you are at risk of becoming addicted..

How do you get addicted to Black and Milds?

Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and abuse, even in the face of negative health consequences. Nicotine addiction occurs after chronic smoking or dosing over an extended period of time. If you smoke enough Black and Milds over enough time, you will NEED the nicotine in the cigar in order to function and prevent withdrawal.

Just know that nicotine is the primary reason that tobacco products like Black and Mild are addictive. Nicotine is available in high enough quantities in cigarellos like Black and Mild to trigger physical dependence. But in addition, a psychological element of addiction (craving) is also present. It’s this compulsive nature of addiction, and the inability to withstand cravings which makes addiction so difficult to overcome.

Additionally, the acute effects of nicotine wear off quickly, as do the associated feelings of reward. The “kick” effect of nicotine drive a smoker to continue dosing to maintain the drug’s pleasurable effects and prevent withdrawal. And although nicotine withdrawal time is different for every smoker, most symptoms will ease after the first few days and then be gone 2 weeks after you stop smoking. But nicotine addiction is not an easy habit to break. And you are not alone.

Do you need help for Black and Mild use?

If you think that you are smoking too many Black and Milds, you probably are. If you are asking yourself, “Why can’t I stop smoking?”  maybe it’s time to take a closer look. Please leave us a message below or send us an email and let us know how we can help you. If you’re looking for treatment, there are a number of options available to you. We can help you research local resources and get you connected to addiction professionals who can help. Just let us know!

Reference sources: NIDA Research Report Series on Tobacco Addiction
National Cancer Institute Cigar Smoking topic

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33 Responses to “Can you get addicted to black and milds?
NJ Chuck
8:14 pm October 28th, 2011

Anything that comes with tar and nicotine, whether small or big, the fact still remains that it is harmful to our health. So there’s no safe place for you when you smoke, no getaway to a healthier life.

4:20 am February 8th, 2012

Please help me stop smoking these. I am highly addicted been smoking them everyday over 10 years.

2:37 pm February 8th, 2012

Hi Monica. Good for you. I think that the best thing that you can do is to talk to someone on the phone. There are free hotlines that you can call 24 hours a day about nicotine addiction.

Nicotine-Free Mountain Empire: 423-224-2356

Free Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quit Line: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

American Cancer Society & American Legacy Foundation’s Great Start Quit Line: 1-866-66-START (1-866-667-8278)

These would be a good place to start. If you want more ideas, let us know!

6:49 am August 26th, 2012

This is bs. I smoke black and milds every day and have for about a year and I’m not addicted.

7:20 pm September 4th, 2012

Hi Gavin. Daily, chronic use is in itself indicative of drug addiction. If you’re not addicted….can you not smoke Black and Milds for one month? What would happen on Day 32?

3:02 pm October 12th, 2012

My boyfriend smokes black and milds daily, even though he knows it really upsets me. I care about him a lot, but I can’t stand being around him when he’s drinking and smoking… But I don’t know how to make him stop. It wasn’t that bad at first, but lately he’s been smoking them every single time we get in the car. He will go through phases where he won’t smoke them for a few days, but he usually can’t last more than three or four days max. Not to mention I have severe asthma and I know this is having a bad effect on me as well. I’m really worried about him. Every time I try to talk to him about it, he gets pissed off and tells me to stop acting like a mom. How can I help him?

3:17 pm October 12th, 2012

Hi Taylor. Thanks for your question. It’s common in relationships to want to “change” the other person. But, it’s just not possible. We can only change how we react to the situation. Or set a limit for what we can accept. It’s either: accept and tolerate OR leave.

If you want to learn more coping mechanisms for how to deal with your boyfriend and your disappointments, you can try seeing a counselor/psychologist for talk therapy or you might try going to a support group like Al-Anon for loved ones of addicts. Either way, the answers to all of our questions are already inside of us. It’s just that we need to access them.

Does this help?

4:12 am October 13th, 2012

Thank you for this post…i’ve recently starte bak smoking and have experienced a tremendus drop in my energy levels happiness and mental clarity and all my family is begging me to quit…..this really help heck i just put mine out in an empty fast food cup the entire one and i will beat this…because i’m stronger than it!!!! You can do it to all others trying to do. “The key is to Overcome!!!!! – Paa Munzul”

12:38 pm October 15th, 2012

Hi Kefa. If you need some help to overcome an urge, you can always call your state’s hotline for smoking help 1-800-QUIT-NOW or (1-800-784-8669) or call the National Cancer Institute for free counseling in English in Spanish at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST.

Good luck to you, Kefa!

1:00 am October 19th, 2012

I am scheduled for a breast augmentation in 11 days. I am supposed to stop smoking these two weeks prior. I am still smoking them. I have to get a blood test on monday and if the dr does not t like the nicotine results i probably will have to reschedule. I feel like such an idiot and so weak. I wish I could stop. I want the augmentation so bad but if I can’t stop for that, what can i for. I’m helpless.

7:54 am October 22nd, 2012

Hi Natalie. It seems that the compulsion to smoke is quite strong in you. There are tobacco cessation hotlines in every state. Maybe it would help you to call your state’s hotline and talk with someone about what it is that’s keeping you from stopping. They can advise you on the next steps to take, and support you as you stop smoking. Check out SMOKEFREE[got]GOV for more information and call you local 411 for your state’s tobacco hotline number.

11:14 pm October 23rd, 2012

I’ve been smoking Black n Milds for a few months now but it was never a regular thing. But for the last 15 days I’ve been having one every day. So I stopped to see if I was addicted and it didn’t seem to be a problem. Me and my friends have them when we hang out but its not worth the addiction. I know this might seem like a stupid question but is there any way that you an have one once or twice a week, even less? Or will I eventually get addicted to them no matter what rate I smoke them at?

7:30 am October 24th, 2012

Hi Nick. That’s a great question. The more regular the use, the more likely it is to develop any kind of addiction. Addiction is a COMPULSION to use your drug of choice, one that it seems like you cannot refuse. It is a psychological dependence on a drug to cope with life.

If you’re smoking twice a week, you do keep your body used to nicotine…but you’re probably not developing a physical dependence on it. This usually occurs after regular, multiple-time daily dosing. So while a twice-three time weekly habit may not SEEM to harm you, it’s still a habit. I’d suggest that you look into the reasons you’re smoking in the first place (boredom, image, enjoyment) and try to find healthy alternatives. It’s good to be aware of WHY we’re doing things that we know, in the end, aren’t good for us.

3:25 am November 16th, 2012

Hey Fabrice and im smoking half a black and mild a week, sometimes one. I only smoke on week end when im goint to party with friends and i want to know if it is going to hurt me. I know it will but one black and mild a week or after two week. is that bad?

12:39 pm November 19th, 2012

Hi Fabrice. It’s hard to tell. One man’s medicine is another man’s poison, you know. But, in general, smoking tobacco is KNOWN to lead to many, many health concerns. Keep track of it, and check in with your doctor. Some doctor’s I’ve known have said that one benefit of smoking tobacco is easier digestion and excretion of foods. In the end, it’s your choice to smoke Black and Milds, or not.

10:37 pm December 17th, 2012

I’m 16 now , I started smoking weed when I was 9 stopped at 14 and I’ve been smoking black and milds since. I really want to stop they stink and I just really just need to stop. I tried but eneded up smoking one a day later. Can you please help me ?!?

8:34 am January 14th, 2013

Hi Isabella. Scroll up on this page and check out the hotline telephone numbers I’ve already written about. You can call these hotlines FREE OF CHARGE and seek help and learn what you need to do to quit. I wish you the best of luck!

10:36 pm February 25th, 2013

I’ve been smoking them for about 9 years on average one every day. I notice that I am tired alot and have lost some of my libido. Does blacks effect your drive? I use to blame the tiredness and the lack of drive on the kids….but deep down I know it is something else.

Anne Cuthbert
12:14 pm October 13th, 2013

Hi , I have been smoking small mild cigars for some time and have tried many times to give it up. Even going to the Nurse Practioner . Unfortunatley most treatments/help is targeted at the cigarette smoker and are far too strong for the ‘mild cigar’ smoker. There are no products available that I can tell. Even the ever growing popular ecigarettes are too strong for my purpose. I have often just done without or managed not to smoke for days but always end up giving in so I know I can do it but would like some extra/additional support.

7:39 am October 14th, 2013

Hi Anne! Good for you! You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or (1-800-784-8669) or call the National Cancer Institute for free counseling in English in Spanish at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)…24 hour hotlines to help you deal with cravings and talk about alternatives to smoking.

6:29 pm May 20th, 2014

Hello I’m 25.
I’ve been smoking black and milds for two years.
The most I’ve smoked in a day is 5. I smoke every day. Especially when I wake and before bed. When I smoke my energy level goes to zero. I’m tired of smoking but It’s actually harder than I thought to quit. Cold turkey didn’t work. Cutting back didn’t work. I even went as far as watching videos that shows the effects of smoking. (Pretty scary but still I continue to smoke)
I need help. This is an ugly and stinky habit I need I quit. Please help.any suggestions will help. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Or missing an key element for quitting.

12:50 pm May 21st, 2014

Hi Tiffany. Sometimes you need a support group, or a guide through the process. Have you considered seeking help at your doctor’s office or through a psychologist? You can address the REASONS you smoke via psychotherapy and then learn new ways to cope via behavioral therapy. Find a counselor near you using this tool:

Lisa Miles
3:09 pm May 24th, 2014


I’m Lisa. I started smoking black and milds my freshmen year in college. Just started smoking it because it felt like a stress reliever because I’m going to school for nursing and it is very stressful. I’ve been smoking for about 4 years now. I tried to quit but it’s really hard. I’ll smoke one a day, not a pack, just a single. The most is two. Just want to know how can I stop?!

3:14 pm June 5th, 2014

i just smoke black and mild twice since now ,but i m afraid it might bring a damage .

7:12 pm July 10th, 2014

I have been under sooo much stress in my marriage and trying to be successful as a returning college student as an older adult. Black and Milds seems to do the trick when I’m down stressed. I have only been smoking them for over a month but have noticed my extreme desire for them. Its only been a short time and its doing this to me. I think I should be scared. I am really feening this product.

9:09 pm July 30th, 2014

Yes I would like information to stop smoking black and mile

6:37 pm July 31st, 2014

Hello Ms. Polk. Check out the hotline numbers here:

I hope you are free of this addiction and work slowly to adapt new ways of coping with stress and life. We’re all in this together!

3:47 am September 23rd, 2014

I seriously need some help. I started smoking black n milds my freshman year of college. At one point I was able to quit for a few months and then I started the habit again. When I had my daughter I quit smoking while I was pregnant, then for the next 11 months while I nursed, but then I started again. I recently (like 2 days ago) made the decision to stop FOR GOOD!! I haven’t smoked in these two days and I’m used to smoking 2 sometimes 3 a day, thus, my cravings are OUT OF CONTROL!!! I can’t even focus on work because I keep thinking maybe I should have tried to wean myself off instead of going cold turkey!!

2:46 am October 15th, 2014

Oh wow I need help to stopping black and milds. I have 20 yrs from drugs this should be easy, but not. HELP PLEASE.

5:59 am December 3rd, 2014

I smoke black and milds, and its killing my marriage. I feel I have become addicted and want and need to stop.

4:07 am December 22nd, 2014

Just recently I’ve started smoking black and milds but I feel my body craving it and it’s so hard to fight. Example I bought a pack of them smoked one and felt bad and threw it in the woods the next day I couldn’t fight the erg so I went to go get them please help me before this habit becomes any worse..

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:50 pm December 23rd, 2014

Hello Sarah. I think that the best thing that you can do is to talk to someone on the phone. There are free hotlines that you can call 24 hours a day about nicotine addiction. Nicotine-Free Mountain Empire: 423-224-2356 Free Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quit Line: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) American Cancer Society & American Legacy Foundation’s Great Start Quit Line: 1-866-66-START (1-866-667-8278)

These would be a good place to start. If you want more ideas, let us know!

3:18 am February 2nd, 2015

I need help quitting black n milds. Pls help..ive gotten down to one a day or every other day. Its the cravings that are hard.

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