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I've been a smoker for about 10 years now and I have tried most light brands. I am a moderate smoker smoking around 15 cigarettes a day. I first started smoking B&H Gold but I found they were too strong. I then smoked Marlboro Lights and while they are fine I personally prefer the taste of Silk Cut Purple. They are fairly light cigarette with 5mg of tar, 0.5mg of nicotine and 5mg of carbon monoxide per cigarette. They are a premium brand and cost around £6.35 for a twenty pack and £3.30 for a 10 pack. The packet is simple and elegant and is most suited to female smokers. I've tried to quit smoking several times and have accepted that I'll smoke for the time being. Hopefully, with light cigarettes I won't be doing as much damage to myself but I want to quit in the future. These are great contrary to the negative reviews but perhaps not if you like strong cigarettes or are a heavy smoker. The taste is a little artificial as they are only made of 75% tobacco and the rest is filler. They are not as 'fashionable' as other brands but they are somewhat classier and sit nicely in my bag. I think smoking is horrible but as I made the mistake of starting to look good when I was 17, these make the best of a bad habit.
Some people say a cigarette is a cigarette. I completely disagree. I have been smoking for quite a long time now, and in those years I have been able to try pretty much every brand there is on the market.
I have to say that I probably won't be smoking these again. In my ideal cigarette I prefer a nice kick at the back of the throat, a nice smooth flow, and a good after taste. Silk cut only ticks one of these boxes.
It is renowned as a weak cigarette, and so there is no kick at the back of the throat, but goes in smooth and comes out smoother. The after taste is to be totally honest, tasteless. When I smoke these, I really feel like I need another afterwards, and so the idea that these help people cut down, really doesn't apply to me.
In the last couple of years I have changed from straights to rollies. Silk cut, and for that matter all other straights, are overpriced. I can now pay up to £6 for a pack of silk cut, and so I have sided with golden virginia.
Fine, if you are trying to cut down on the concentration that you are smoking, give these a go... but for a long time smoker they just don't work for me. It's all opinion of course.
I have been a smoker for several years now, and have pretty much tried every brand of cigarrettes that there is in the UK market. After being a regular smoker of Marlboro, I had the urge to cut down on my smoking and decided to give Silk Cut a go, as they are not that strong, therefore reducing the amount of tobacco that I was inhaling.
Ever since trying Silk Cut, I have sticked with this brand, as they taste just as good as any other cigarrette without the feeling of guilt and that your lungs were about to explode at any minute. I must also say that these cigarrettes have helped me reduce the amount that I smoke, and therefore saving more money.
Silk Cut cigarrettes are available at most off-licences and retailers. The box comes in either ten or twenty cigarrettes and a box of 10 cigarrettes costs around £3-50, with a box of 20 cigarrettes costting around £6.
Silk Cut cigarrettes consists of 5mg tar, 0.5mg nicotine and 5mg carbon-monoxide.
I recommend this brand to any existing smokers whom are looking for something a bit lighter, which is smooth in tobacco and not that hard on the lungs.
Silk Cut are widely acknowledged as the wimp's cigarette, perceived as too mild to count as actual smoking (although obviously doctors disagree considerably). I have been smoking them for around 4-5 years. Before that I smoked Benson and Hedges (that's right, I was hardcore, me) but then I developed a chest infection and went down to Silk Cut - god forbid I should go without - for the duration of the infection and never went back to B&H. I find both Benson and Silk Cut have a smooth taste, unlike Marlboro which I always find rather gritty; it feels like little bits are catching on the back of your throat, whereas with Silk Cut it's a smoother feel as it's going down.
Where I think a lot of people go wrong is believing that Silk Cut are a healthier option. There is no such thing as a healthier cigarette, they all do awful damage and going for a lower level of Tar and Nicotine will not make enough difference.
The last time I quit smoking (or was it the second to last? I forget....) I went from Silk Cut Purple (the strongest Silk Cut), down to Silk Cut Blue (medium) and then eventually on to Silk Cut Silver - the lowest level cigarette. I know many people moan about it being a lighter smoke, but I couldn't really tell the difference between all 3, which proves that it's all about habit and what you get used to. My father has smoked Benson and Hedges for longer than he can remember, yet he recently went onto Silk Cut because he ran out of Benson and smoked mine all night. He's now a regular Silk Cut smoker.
Packaging wise, I think the box is quite attractive. A white box with silver and purple writing and a Purple logo on the front. They're sleek and sophisticated - the one thing I didn't like about B&H was the gold, it was all too much!
The cigarette itself is in the same style as most other British cigarettes. The only difference being that the tip has a perforation line circling the whole thing. This, from what I can gather, is for two reasons. Firstly, if the cigarette is too mild for you you can pull off some of the tip to make it stronger and secondly it lets some of the smoke out, so the theory being that you're inhaling less.
Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, people think this is a better alternative to stronger cigarettes but this is not the case. Firstly, if you're used to strong cigarettes you will suck harder on these, drawing more of the harmful substances towards you and eventually inhaling them with each drag. This is more damaging all round, as those who are smoking heavier cigarettes will tend to draw less intensely. Therefore, I would recommend that if you are planning to use Silk Cut as a tool to aid quitting by cutting down, set yourself a time limit and quit, otherwise you'll end up a committed Silk Cut smoker like me and if you're going to end up that way you may as well go back onto the B&H!
I've smoked Silk Cut cigarettes for a few months now and have found they're helping me to really cut down. I'd like to give up really but just haven't got the willpower at the moment. A few years ago I'd have laughed at anyone who smoked Silk Cut because they're so weak but these days I find they're about as hard as my lungs are willing to accept.
You can get Silk Cut in three different strengths. Purple are the strongest with about 5mg of tar in them and 0.5mg of nicotine. A "normal" full strength cigarette has around 10mg of tar and 1mg of nicotine in it. Then there are the blue ones which are my favourites as they're 3mg of tar and 0.3mg of nicotine. They taste the nicest because you can tell you're smoking something but it's so mild you don't find yourself coughing and spluttering between ciggies! The ones I usually go for though are the silver ones as they contain just 1mg of tar and 0.1mg of nicotine. When I smoke these, I can keep my habit without being full on addicted to smoking.
Often when you smoke, you battle between addiction, habit and cravings. When you smoke any of these silk cut cigarettes, you find it's more about the habit than the addiction or the cravings so you can manage to control yourself more. I don't kid myself that I'm not doing any harm or not addicted any more just because I'm smoking lights (now called smooth or fine). But I do notice that I'm nowhere near as bothered about smoking as I used to be. I can't even smoke a full strength cigarette anymore as the smell and the taste repulses me as well as makes me cough.
The big drawback to this brand over others is the price. In London you can expect to pay nearly £6 a packet and that's not much more than in other places in the UK. The upside to this is that after a few weeks of smoking these, I found I didn't have the same cravings I used to so now I smoke a lot less. I used to smoke 30 a day of £4.50 a packet cigarettes (so that cost me £6.75 a day). Now I smoke 15 Silk Cut a day which costs me about £4.50. Eventually I'd like to stop smoking but for now I'm happy to be a less damaging one and smoke my Silk Cut.
Silk cut are a mild brand of cigarette produced by the Gallaher group. They are aimed more toward female smokers, because of the smoothness of them. However, I was in the corner shop and because I couldn't be bothered to take my roll-ups out with me because of all the faffing about trying to make them up on a night out, I thought, ill try Silk Cut.
10 Silk cut please, I said, almost waiting for a laugh off the store man becuase of the rather feminine touch of these.
£2.86 please, he said. Rather shocked at the price, I hesitantly handed the cash over, out the shop and lit one up.
I lit up and took a big drag, I felt nothing. I looked at the side of the pack, shocked to see these only contained 5mg tar, 5mg Nicotine and 5mg Carbon Monoxide. Now I knew these were a more mild brand, but these were the "Strongest" of the silk cut family afterall.
I took a second draw and actually found them to be quite satisfying! Very smooth.
I think that these are a pretty good brand if you want a change from full strength brand, however, the price should in no way be near the higher end of the scale.
It is a common misconception that silk cut cigarettes actually contain less of the nasties as other cigarettes, it is actually in the way the filter is designed, it has more holes cut in the filter, allowing air to mix with the smoke, giving it a smoother taste.
Tobacco only makes up 75% of Silk Cuts cigarettes, the rest of the filling is Cytrel, a tobacco substitute.
Now we all know Tobacco "Seriously damages health" as the old health warnings stated and in no way should these cigarettes be regarded as "safe". However, if you would like to smoke, it is your choice, no one elses and I feel Silk Cut can be enjoyed as a lighter substitute and although these may be nicer and smoother, you will find yourself compensating for this by smoking more and as a premium brand at nearly £2.90 a pack for 10, I really don't think its worth it at all.
3 Stars from me, because of the nice taste and smoothness. Loses 2 stars because of the Price and the fact that you will want to smoke more because they are just too light.
I have been a smoker for more years than is good for me, and for more years than I care to admit to. I have smoked brands because they are the cheapest, for snob value, because the brand is kewl, or simply because it is the only brand I can lay my hands on at the time. Now I smoke Silk Cut, and have done for the past few years. Why Silk Cut? Well, the theory is that they are one of the least damaging cigarettes you can smoke. The lighter versions are like smoking fresh air; this pack does at least give you some sense of having had a cigarette. But I know in my heart of hearts this is a load of tripe. For a start, because of the holes around the filter tip, you drag harder on the cigarette to get the nicotine hit you so crave. This, I am reliably told, means that you inhale the nasty stuff deeper into your lungs than you would with a normal cigarette. Also, for the ladies, this hard drag action is even worse for wrinkles than normal smoking. Actually, if you're desperate you can get your lips round the filter and block the small holes, which defeats the object but has been known to be done in emergencies. On the other hand, a friend of mine stayed loyal to her brand but pierced the filter heself with a pin she kept secreted about her clothing! Secondly, you actually smoke more. The nicotine hit is small, and therefore your body needs a top up more often, unless you can wean yourself of the need for the hit. (Don't kid yourself - if you could you would be able to stop). This means you spend more money, and this is not the cheapest brand around by a long chalk. So, I'm an intelligent type of person, why the hell do I smoke them? Indeed, why do I smoke at all? No time to try and solve that one! I can smoke Silk Cut without ending up talking like "gravel guts" and, I can nip out for a quick fag at work and finish a whole ciggy in the same time it would take me to go to the loo for a
pee! Those are my excuses, and I'm sticking to them. In conclusion, if you are looking to Silk Cut as a healthier alternative to full blooded brands, I wouldn't necessarily recommend them, unless you are seriously determined to cut down in your smoking. If you want a healthier alternative, try fresh air ? it's free :)
Smoking Silk Cut can be surprisingly economical, although they are one of the premium priced brands. I smoked Silk Cut for most of my smoking life, after an initail skirmish with Marlboro (the pack looked cool, but I could never talk after a night out). Economical? Why?? Quite simply put: get your fags out and offer them round, and most smokers will turn their noses up in disgust rather than take one. The few people who took me up on my offer (apart from my fellow girlies who also smoked the purple poison) ripped the filter off, explaining that: "Last time I tried to take a drag on one of these I nearly gave meself a hernia trying to get a hit off it" In fact the benefit for me of Silk Cut was that the tobacco doesn't taste of much at all. Silk Cut and Silk Cut Ultra are more of a poseurs prop than a real cigarette, although they will give you cancer just the same - after all it isn't just the tar that gets you, each cigarette contains hundreds of different chemicals all of which contribute to smoking related illnesses. I wouldn't recommend Silk Cut if you are trying to cut down or stop smoking - they offer a sanitised version of smoking that will keep you hooked, and most people end up inhaling deeper off low tar cigarettes, especially the Ultra low variety, in order to get a hit of nicotine. In short Silk Cut are very much a cigarette aimed at the young female part of the market, with the pack colours of white and purple and the Silk part of the name part of the ploy. You can be the judge of whether this is a victory for feminism or a cynical move on the part of manufacturers to gain new markets.
When I was about eighteen I decided that it was time to stop smoking (or at least cut down a little). So, I choose Silk Cut, as they are advertised in a lot of the magazines I read (proof advertising does work), and because they are one of the weaker cigarettes on the market and generally regarded as "healthier". So after buying my first packet of Silk Cut Purple (we call them this because of the purple square in the middle), I headed outside the shop and preceded to light my first one. The packet I had bought are the strongest Silk Cut cigarettes in the range, and after lighting one up and inhaling my first breath, I actually had to double check that the cigarette was lit, as my mouth was filled with a horrible chemically taste and not the usual taste one would associate with a cigarette. Disgusted, I refused to smoke anymore of them and they were banished to a drawer at home where they kept for absolute emergancies only, and a few still live in their original packet in my drawer today. Silk Cut cigarettes taste of nothing but chemicals, and if you are a non-smoker who wishes to experience a Silk Cut cigarette simply place a straw in your mouth and inhale. This is the closest thing I can think of to smoking one of these foul rolls of chemicals and paper, as you cannot even taste the tobacco. Do not buy these cigarettes as they taste rotten, have no strength or body, and will not satisfy your need to smoke, they are truely very disappointing.
After smoking L & B for some time I felt like a change in tobacco products. So my friend and I popped off to the garage to purchase some cigarettes and he waited outside since I was the only one that looked 16 years old. Now thinking back to the days when I was young and had nothing better to do at my grandparents' house then play cards or domino's with my grandfather I thought of Silk Cut. Why I thought of Silk Cut was because the domino's that my Grandfather owned all had Silk Cut written on them. So I was intrigued I wanted to know what they were like. So I bought them, smoked them and liked them. For a while afterwards I was on Silk Cut's smoking them constantly because they went down smoothly and were more healthy for you seeing as they had less tar in them. After a while however I thought to myself, "hmmm maybe's they go down better since I'm taking in more air, seeing as there are holes around the filter area." Feeling cheated by these holes and that I was not getting my money's worth (which is a lot of money) I decided to come off Silk Cut and find a new brand to go on to.